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How mindless is standard economics really?

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  • Burkhard C. Schipper

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

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Contrary to claims by Gul and Pesendorfer (2008), I show that standard economics makes use of non-choice evidence in a meaningful way. This is because standard economics solely grounded in the theory of choice is ""incomplete"". That is, it has content that cannot be revealed with any general choice procedure.

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  • Burkhard C. Schipper, 2009. "How mindless is standard economics really?," Working Papers 917, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:cda:wpaper:09-17
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    1. Faruk Gul & Wolfgang Pesendorfer, 2005. "The Case for Mindless Economics," Levine's Working Paper Archive 784828000000000581, David K. Levine.
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    3. Faruk Gul & Wolfgang Pesendorfer, 2001. "Temptation and Self-Control," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 69(6), pages 1403-1435, November.
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    Keywords

    revealed preference; theory of choice; neuroeconomics; non-choice evidence; machines;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • C80 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - General
    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D87 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Neuroeconomics

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