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The Endowment Effect, Status Quo Bias and Loss Aversion: Rational Alternative Explanation

  • Dupont, Dominique Y.

    (EURANDOM, The Netherlands)

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    The endowment effect, status quo bias, and loss aversion are robust and well documented results from experimental psychology. They introduce a wedge between the prices at which one is willing to sell or buy a good. The objective of this paper is to address this wedge. We show that the presence of asymmetric information in a rational-agent framework can account for the endowment effect, status quo bias and loss aversion as well as psychology-based explanations proposed in the past.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 92.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:92
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