The Absent-Minded Driver
GAMES AND ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR
Posted: 12 Nov 1997
The example of the "absent-minded driver" was introduced by Piccione & Rubinstein  in the context of games and decision problems with imperfect recall. They claim that a "paradox" or "inconsistency" arises when the decision reached at the "planning stage" is compared with that at the "action stage". Though the example is provocative and worth having, their analysis is questionable. A careful analysis reveals that while the considerations at the planning and action stages do differ, there is no paradox or inconsistency.
JEL Classification: C72, D81
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