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The Resolution Game - A Multiple Selves Perspective


  • Dimitri Migrow

    (University of Regensburg, Economics Department, Chair for International and Monetary Economics)

  • Matthias Uhl

    () (Max Planck Institute of Economics, International Max Planck Research School on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World, Jena)


The notion of choice inconsistency is widely spread in the literature on behavioral economics. Several approaches were used to account for the observation that people reverse their choices over time. This paper aims to explain the formation of resolutions regarded as internal self-binding devices. It moves away from anthropocentric neoclassicism and embraces a more atomistic notion of a player by defining intrapersonal agents as strategic actors. The magnitude of state-dependency is seen as a key driver of intrapersonal conflict modelled by the incongruity of the preferences of two opposing agents. The sequential conceptualisation basically allows for experimental testing.

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  • Dimitri Migrow & Matthias Uhl, 2009. "The Resolution Game - A Multiple Selves Perspective," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-060, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2009-060

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    Multiple Selves; Agency; Intrapersonal Conflict; Resolutions; Self-Binding; Self-Control; Commitment;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles

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