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Describing decision bias in the newsvendor problem: A prospect theory model

B. Vipin and R.K. Amit

Omega, 2019, vol. 82, issue C, 132-141

Abstract: In the newsvendor setting, we consider a prospect theory model with a stochastic-subjective reference point. The reference point is based on the pay-offs corresponding to the extreme values of demand; and, is influenced by the perception of costs associated with understocking and overstocking, and the pessimism level of the decision maker. Our prospect theory model describes the recent observations in the newsvendor experiments—the non-linear ordering behavior with respect to the profit margin and behavior at the extreme profit margins, in addition to the pull-to-center effect and asymmetry in ordering.

Keywords: Behavioral operations management; Prospect theory; The newsvendor problem; Pull-to-center effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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