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Foundations of Intrinsic Habit Formation

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We provide theoretical foundations for several common (nested) representations of intrinsic linear habit formation. Our axiomatization introduces an intertemporal theory of weaning a decision-maker from her habits using the device of compensation. We clarify differences across specifications of the model, provide measures of habit-forming tendencies, and suggest methods for axiomatizing time-nonseparable preferences.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1642R.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
Date of revision: Mar 2009
Publication status: Published in Econometrica, 2010
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1642r
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