Moody Choice

34 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2010

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Paola Manzini

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

Marco Mariotti

University of London - School of Economics and Finance

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Abstract

If choices depend on the decision maker's mood, is the attempt to derive any consistency in choice doomed? In this paper we argue that, even with full unpredictability of mood, the way choices from a menu relate to choices from another menu exhibits some structure. We present two alternative models of 'moody choice' and show that, in either of them, not all choice patterns are possible. Indeed, we characterise both models in terms of consistency requirements of the observed choice data.

Keywords: bounded rationality, procedural rationality, utility maximization, choice behavior

JEL Classification: D01

Suggested Citation

Manzini, Paola and Mariotti, Marco, Moody Choice. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1631140

Paola Manzini (Contact Author)

University of St. Andrews - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
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HOME PAGE: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pm210/

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Marco Mariotti

University of London - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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London, E1 4NS
United Kingdom

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