Bad Temptation

28 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2018 Last revised: 5 Jan 2021

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Doron Ravid

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

Kai Steverson

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: September 25, 2020


We study a static self-control model in which an agent's preference, temptation ranking, and cost of self-control drive her choices among a finite set of options. We show that it is without loss to assume that the agent's temptation ranking is the opposite of her preference. We characterize the model by relaxing the Weak Axiom of Revealed Preference (WARP), and exploit WARP violations to identify the model's parameters.

Keywords: Temptation, Self-Control, Weak Axiom of Revealed Preference, Intransitive Preferences

JEL Classification: D01, D11

Suggested Citation

Ravid, Doron and Steverson, Kai, Bad Temptation (September 25, 2020). Journal of Mathematical Economics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Doron Ravid

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