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  • Barton L. Lipman


    (Department of Economics, Boston University.)

  • Wolfgang Pesendorfer


    (Princeton University)

This survey discusses decision{theoretic models of agents who seek to constrain and regulate their own future behavior. The common theme is that the decision makers' future utility is affected by unwanted temptations. The wish to eliminate temptations from future option sets creates a preference for commitment. The surveyed models explore the relationship between temptations and other psychological phenomena, such as self- control, self-deception, guilt or shame.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number WP2010-021.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2010-021
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