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Is it "Economics and Psychology"?: the Case of Hyperbolic Discounting

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  • Rubinstein, A.

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The paper questions the methodology of "economics and psychology". It focuses on the case of hyperbolic discounting. Using some experimental results, I argue that the same sort of evidence which rejects the standard constant discount utility functions can just as easily reject hyperbolic discounting as well. Futhermore, a decision-making procedure based on similarity relation better explains the observations and is more intuitive. The paper concludes that combining "economics and psychology" requires opening the black box of decision-makers rather than modifying funcional forms.

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  • Rubinstein, A., 2000. "Is it "Economics and Psychology"?: the Case of Hyperbolic Discounting," Papers 00-21, Tel Aviv.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:00-21
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    10. Y. Biondi, 2011. "Cost of capital, discounting and relational contracting: endogenous optimal return and duration for joint investment projects," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(30), pages 4847-4864.
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    Keywords

    PSYCHOLOGY ; ECONOMICS ; EXPERIMENTATION ; DECISION MAKING;

    JEL classification:

    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General

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