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Interpreting the rational addiction model

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  • Brian S. Ferguson

    (Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

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The rational addiction (RA) model of Becker and Murphy (Becker GS, Murphy KM. A theory of rational addiction. J Pol Econ 1988; 96(4): 675-700) has rapidly become one of the standard models in the literature on addictive behaviour. This paper reviews some theoretical issues surrounding its use, and indicates areas in which caution should be used in applying this model. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Brian S. Ferguson, 2000. "Interpreting the rational addiction model," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(7), pages 587-598.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:9:y:2000:i:7:p:587-598
    DOI: 10.1002/1099-1050(200010)9:7<587::AID-HEC538>3.0.CO;2-J
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    1. Laporte, Audrey & Dass, Adrian Rohit & Ferguson, Brian S., 2017. "Is the Rational Addiction model inherently impossible to estimate?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 161-175.
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    6. Yaniv, Gideon, 2008. "Obsessive-compulsive disorder and behavioral therapy: A rational-choice perspective," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 55(3), pages 405-415, May.
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    9. Badi H. Baltagi & James M. Griffin, 2002. "Rational addiction to alcohol: panel data analysis of liquor consumption," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 11(6), pages 485-491.

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