By Peter Diamond, Hannu Vartiainen
Within the final decade, behavioral economics, borrowing from psychology and sociology to give an explanation for judgements inconsistent with conventional economics, has revolutionized the way in which economists view the area. yet regardless of this common good fortune, behavioral pondering has essentially remodeled just one box of utilized economics-finance. Peter Diamond and Hannu Vartiainen's Behavioral Economics and Its functions argues that behavioral economics could have the same effect in different fields of economics. during this quantity, many of the world's top thinkers in behavioral economics and common financial thought make the case for a far higher use of behavioral rules in six fields the place those rules have already proved valuable yet haven't but been absolutely incorporated--public economics, improvement, legislations and economics, future health, salary choice, and organizational economics. the result's an try and set the time table of a massive improvement in economics--an time table that might curiosity policymakers, sociologists, and psychologists in addition to economists. members comprise Ian Ayres, B. Douglas Bernheim, Truman F. Bewley, Colin F. Camerer, Anne Case, Michael D. Cohen, Peter Diamond, Christoph Engel, Richard G. Frank, Jacob Glazer, Seppo Honkapohja, Christine Jolls, Botond Koszegi, Ulrike Malmendier, Sendhil Mullainathan, Antonio Rangel, Emmanuel Saez, Eldar Shafir, Sir Nicholas Stern, Jean Tirole, Hannu Vartiainen, and Timothy D. Wilson.
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Data of potential interest could include self-reported information about preferences and/or well-being, as well as measures of physical states such as arousal and stress. 18 B E HAV I O RA L P U B L I C E C O N O M I C S These additional data could facilitate more precise and reliable estimation of key structural parameters. One might, for example, use self-reported data on preferences along with choice data to estimate the parameters of a normative model. In principle, the normative model could even include parameters that do not appear in the positive model.
Finally, a partially sophisticated decision maker understands that he will have a self-control problem in the future, but underestimates its magnitude. O’Donoghue and Rabin (1999b, 2001) parameterize the degree of sophistication to create a continuum between the two extreme cases of complete na¨ıvet´e and perfect sophistication. ) There has been much confusion in the literature concerning interpretations of the (β, δ)-model. This confusion reflects the fact that the positive model described above is consistent with at least two distinct approaches to the formulation of a normative model.
However, stepping outside of the assumed structure, there will always be other formulations of preferences that can explain the choice data without assuming a divergence between preferences and decisions. Of course, any such formulation will necessarily diverge from the standard model (as in Gul and Pesendorfer 2001), and, in any given case, rationalization of the data may require strange assumptions about preferences. It is worth emphasizing that the estimation of separate positive and normative models does not require us to abandon the principle of revealed preference completely.
Behavioral economics and its applications by Peter Diamond, Hannu Vartiainen