Psychological expected utility theory and anticipatory feelings

Andrew Caplin, John Leahy

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    We extend expected utility theory to situations in which agents experience feelings of anticipation prior to the resolution of uncertainty. We show how these anticipatory feelings may result in time inconsistency. We provide an example from portfolio theory to illustrate the potential impact of anticipation on asset prices.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)55-79
    Number of pages25
    JournalQuarterly Journal of Economics
    Volume116
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2001

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    Anticipation
    Expected utility theory
    Psychological
    Asset prices
    Time inconsistency
    Portfolio theory
    Uncertainty

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    Psychological expected utility theory and anticipatory feelings. / Caplin, Andrew; Leahy, John.

    In: Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 116, No. 1, 2001, p. 55-79.

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    Caplin, Andrew ; Leahy, John. / Psychological expected utility theory and anticipatory feelings. In: Quarterly Journal of Economics. 2001 ; Vol. 116, No. 1. pp. 55-79.
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