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Default Effects, Transaction Costs, and Imperfect Information

  • Chris M. Wilson

    (School of Business and Economics)

  • Luke Garrod

    (School of Business and Economics)

  • Alistair Munro

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

We develop a decision framework with imperfect information to analyze the effects of transaction costs on the tendency for individuals to remain with a default option. We demonstrate how transaction costs can be a more important source of such default effects than commonly thought. A further, potentially surprising result shows that transaction costs are able to explain why some forms of default effects increase with the number of options.

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Paper provided by National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in its series GRIPS Discussion Papers with number 12-16.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ngi:dpaper:12-16
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