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An Experimental Study of Decisions in Dynamic Optimization Problems

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  • Noussair, C.
  • Matheny, K.
  • Olson, M.

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In this paper we use an experimental approach to study the decisions of human subjects who are given cash incentives to solve a particular representative agent dynamic model widely studied in macroeconomics. In a representative agent dynamic model, an economy is modelled as a single decision maker, who maximizes the discounted utility of consumption over the appropriate time horizon. The assupmtion of a single decision maker in the economy removes complications resulting from the existence of multiple agents, such as inefficiencies resulting from strategic behavior or externalities, and technical difficulties arising from the aggregation of preferences.

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  • Noussair, C. & Matheny, K. & Olson, M., 1998. "An Experimental Study of Decisions in Dynamic Optimization Problems," Purdue University Economics Working Papers 1110, Purdue University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    OPTIMIZATION ; DECISION MAKING ; MACROECONOMICS;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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