nep-evo New Economics Papers
on Evolutionary Economics
Issue of 2020‒03‒30
two papers chosen by
Matthew Baker
City University of New York

  1. Behavioral sciences and auto-transformations of functions By Harin, Alexander
  2. A Model of Justification By Sarah Ridout

  1. By: Harin, Alexander
    Abstract: The two goals of the present article are: 1) To define transformations (named here as auto-transformations) of the probability density functions of random variables (or other functions) into similar functions having smaller sizes of their domains. 2) To research and outline basic features of these transformations. In particular, auto-transformations from infinite to finite domains are analyzed. The goals are caused by the well-known problems of behavioral sciences.
    Keywords: probability; variance; noise; bias; measurement; utility theory; prospect theory; behavioral economics; psychology; decision sciences; social sciences;
    JEL: C0 C02 C1 C18 D8 D81
    Date: 2020–03–25
  2. By: Sarah Ridout
    Abstract: I consider decision-making constrained by considerations of morality, rationality, or other virtues. The decision maker (DM) has a true preference over outcomes, but feels compelled to choose among outcomes that are top-ranked by some preference that he considers "justifiable." This model unites a broad class of empirical work on distributional preferences, charitable donations, prejudice/discrimination, and corruption/bribery. I provide a behavioral characterization of the model. I also show that the set of justifications can be identified from choice behavior when the true preference is known, and that choice behavior substantially restricts both the true preference and justifications when neither is known. I argue that the justifiability model represents an advancement over existing models of rationalization because the structure it places on possible "rationales" improves tractability, interpretation and identification.
    Date: 2020–03

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