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Manipulation of Choice Behavior


Paola Manzini


University of St. Andrews - School of Economics and Finance; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Marco Mariotti


University of London, Queen Mary - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Tyson


University of London - School of Economics and Finance


IZA Discussion Paper No. 5891

Abstract:     
We introduce and study the problem of manipulation of choice behavior. In a class of two-stage models of decision making, with the agent's choices determined by three "psychological variables," we imagine that a subset of these variables can be selected by a "manipulator." To what extent does this confer control of the agent's behavior? Within the specified framework, which overlaps with two existing models of choice under cognitive constraints, we provide a complete answer to this question.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: attention, choice function, revealed preference, satisficing, threshold

JEL Classification: D01, D03, D70

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Date posted: August 8, 2011  

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Manzini, Paola and Mariotti, Marco and Tyson, Christopher J., Manipulation of Choice Behavior. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5891. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1906194

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Paola Manzini (Contact Author)
University of St. Andrews - School of Economics and Finance ( email )
Castlecliffe, The Scores
The Observatory Buchanan Gardens
Saint Andrews, KY16 9AL
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pm210/
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Marco Mariotti
University of London, Queen Mary - Department of Economics ( email )
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
United Kingdom
Christopher J. Tyson
University of London - School of Economics and Finance ( email )
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
United Kingdom
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