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Econographics

Jonathan Chapman, Mark Dean (), Pietro Ortoleva, Erik Snowberg and Colin Camerer ()

No 24931, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We study the pattern of correlations across a large number of behavioral regularities, with the goal of creating an empirical basis for more comprehensive theories of decision-making. We elicit 21 behaviors using an incentivized survey on a representative sample (n=1,000) of the U.S. population. Our data show a clear and relatively simple structure underlying the correlations between these measures. Using principal components analysis, we reduce the 21 variables to six components corresponding to clear clusters of high correlations. We examine the relationship between these components, cognitive ability, and demographics, and discuss the theoretical implications of the structure we uncover and find a number of relations that partly confirm, but also add nuance, to previous findings.

JEL-codes: C90 D64 D81 D9 D90 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-08
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