An old measure of decision-making quality sheds new light on paternalism

Shachar Kariv, Daniel Silverman

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Abstract

Definitive judgment about the quality of decision-making ismade difficult by twin problems of measurement and identification. A measure of decision-making quality is hard to formalize, to quantify, and to make practical for use in a variety of choice environments; and it is difficult to distinguish differences in decisionmaking quality from unobserved differences in preferences, information, beliefs, or constraints. In this paper, we describe a widely applicable set of tools for theoretical analysis and experimental methods for addressing these problems. These tools and methods can indicate a more targeted approach to "light paternalism" polices aimed at improving decision-making quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-44
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
Volume169
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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