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Rational Choice under an Imperfect Ability to Choose

André de Palma (), Gordon Myers and Yorgos Papageorgiou ()

American Economic Review, 1994, vol. 84, issue 3, 419-40

Abstract: The authors consider an individual who lacks the information-processing capacity required for a direct comparison of all feasible allocations. Instead of finding at once a best allocation, the individual myopically adjusts his current allocation toward higher utility. The individual makes adjustment errors inversely proportional to his ability to choose. The authors compare the stationary state of this process with the standard model. They see how an imperfect ability to choose modifies both positive and normative predictions of the standard model and how the standard model can be obtained from the authors' more general one as the special case corresponding to perfect ability. Copyright 1994 by American Economic Association.

Date: 1994
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