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Individual and Collective Time Consistency

  • Asheim, G.B.

This paper reconsiders the Strotz-Pollak problem of consistent planning and argues that a solution to this problem requires a refinement of subgame-perfectness. Such a refinement is offered through an analysis based on J. Greenberg's (1990) 'theory of social situations.' The properties of this refinement are investigated and illustrated. A unifying framework is presented whereby consistent one-person planning as a problem of individual time-consistency and renegotiation-proofness as a problem of collective time-consistency are captured through the same general concept. Copyright 1997 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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Paper provided by Tilburg - Center for Economic Research in its series Papers with number 9169.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 1991
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Handle: RePEc:fth:tilbur:9169
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