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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 refinement is offred through an analysis based on Greenberg's "theory of social situations". A unifying framework is presented whereby consistent one-person planning as a problem of individual time-consistency and renegotiation-proofness as a problem of colective time-consistency are captured through the same general concept.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 20/1996.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1996
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:1996_020
Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, University of Oslo, P.O Box 1095 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway
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