Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150076
Authors: 
Swinkels, Jeroen M.
Samuelson, Larry
Year of Publication: 
2006
Citation: 
[Journal:] Theoretical Economics [ISSN:] 1555-7561 [Volume:] 1 [Year:] 2006 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 119-142
Abstract: 
Human utility embodies a number of seemingly irrational aspects. The leading example in this paper is that utilities often depend on the presence of salient unchosen alternatives. Our focus is to understand <i>why</i> an evolutionary process might optimally lead to such seemingly dysfunctional features in our motivations and to derive implications for the nature of our utility functions.
Subjects: 
Evolution
information
internal conflict
self control
temptation
time consistency
utility
JEL: 
C70
C72
D80
D82
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5
Document Type: 
Article

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