A vague theory of choice over time

Paola Manzini*, Marco Mariotti

*Corresponding author for this work

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We propose a novel approach to modelling time preferences, based on a cognitive shortcoming of human decision makers: the perception of future events becomes increasingly 'blurred' as the events are pushed further in time. Our model explains behavioural 'anomalies' such as preference reversal and cyclical choice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Theoretical Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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  • Cycles
  • Hyperbolic discounting
  • Intransitive preferences
  • Preference reversal
  • Time preferences


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