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Local Status and Prospect Theory

  • Rick Harbaugh

    (Claremont McKenna College)

  • Tatiana Kornienko

    (University of Pittsburgh)

People are sometimes risk-averse in gains but risk-loving in losses. Such behavior and other anomalies underlying prospect theory arise from a model of local status maximization in which consumers compare their wealth with other consumers of similar wealth. This social explanation shares key features with the psychological explanation o.ered by Kahneman and Tversky.

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Paper provided by Claremont Colleges in its series Claremont Colleges Working Papers with number 2000-38.

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Handle: RePEc:clm:clmeco:2000-38
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