On the theory of reference-dependent preferences

Munro, A. and Sugden, R. (2003) On the theory of reference-dependent preferences. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 50 (4). pp. 407-428. ISSN 0167-2681

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Abstract

A theory is proposed in which preferences are conditional on reference points. It is related to Tversky and Kahneman's reference-dependent preference theory, but is simpler and deviates less from conventional consumer theory. Preferences conditional on any given reference point satisfy conventional assumptions. Apart from a continuity condition, the only additional restriction is to rule out cycles of pairwise choice. The theory is consistent with observations of status quo bias and related effects. Reference points are treated as subject to change during the course of trade. The implications of endogeneity of reference points for behaviour in markets are investigated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: status quo bias,loss aversion,reference-dependence,prospect theory
Faculty \ School: ?? UEA ??
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 16:16
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 15:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44545
DOI: 10.1016/S0167-2681(02)00033-1

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