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Towards an alternative paradigm of consumer behavior

Viviana Di Giovinazzo ()

No 179, Working Papers from University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper explores Scitovsky’s contribution to behavioral economics and examines in particular the changes his theory based on the findings of human brain psychophysiologists has brought to choice theory. The evidence here gathered points out how Scitovsky was making his suggestions for an alternative to the rationalist-based theory of choice model as far back in the early 1970s. The same evidence singles out Scitovsky as one of the most influential forerunners of a successful program of psychologically-based economic research which has only recently been acknowledged as a promising field for further investigation.

Keywords: Scitovsky; behavioral economics; arousal; comfort; pleasure; satisfaction; rational-choice theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 B59 D11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-hap and nep-neu
Date: 2010-03, Revised 2010-03
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