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Current Emotion Research in Economics

Klaus Wälde () and Agnes Moors ()
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Agnes Moors: KU Leuven

No 10261, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Positive and negative feelings were central to the development of economics, especially in utility theory in classical economics. While neoclassical utility theory ignored feelings, behavioral economics more recently reintroduced feelings in utility theory. Beyond feelings, economic theorists use full-fledged specific emotions to explain behavior that otherwise could not be understood or they study emotions out of interest for the emotion itself. While some analyses display a strong overlap between psychological thinking and economic modelling, in most cases there is still a large gap between economic and psychological approaches to emotion research. Ways how to reduce this gap are discussed.

Keywords: emotions; decision making; theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 B0 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2016-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-hme, nep-hpe, nep-neu and nep-upt
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