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Advances in Japanese Business and Economics

The Economics of Self-Destructive Choices

Authors: Ikeda, Shinsuke

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  • Elucidates theoretically why people make self-destructive decisions bringing small immediate satisfaction at huge future costs and suggests how to improve decision making
  • Provides empirically validating evidence that intemperate, biased preferences actually relate to self-destructive behavior and decisions
  • Explains the paradoxical possibility that present biased preferences lead not to intemperance but to excessive temperance, such as anorexia nervosa, preproperation and stinginess
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Based on recent advances in economics, especially those in behavioral economics, this book elucidates theoretically and empirically the mechanism of time-inconsistent decision making that leads to various forms of self-destructive behavior. The topics include over-eating and obesity, over-spending, over-borrowing, under-saving, procrastination, smoking, gambling, over-drinking, and other intemperate behaviors, all of which relate to serious social problems in advanced countries.

In this book, the author attempts to construct a bridge between the basic theory of time discounting, especially as of hyperbolic discounting, and empirically observed “irrational (non-classical)” behavior in the various contexts just mentioned. The empirical validity of the theory is discussed using unique micro data as well as public macro data. The book proposes prescriptions for individual decision makers, whether sophisticated or naïve, to make better choices in self-control problems, and also provides policy makers with useful advice for influencing people’s decision making in the right directions.

This work is recommended not only to general readers who seek to learn how to attain better self-regulation under self-control problems. It also helps researchers who seek an overview of positive and normative implications of hyperbolic discounting, and thereby reconstruct economic theory for a better understanding of actual human behavior and the resulting economic dynamics

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About the authors

Shinsuke Ikeda is a professor at the Institute of Social and

Economic Research (ISER), Osaka University, and serves as the director of the Research Centre of Behavioral Economics in ISER. He received a B.Com. at Kobe University in 1980 and a Ph.D. (economics) at Osaka University in 1997. He is the former president of the Association of Behavioral Economics and Finance. Dr. Ikeda has published articles on behavioral economics, macroeconomic dynamics, and asset pricing in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and the International Economic Review, among others. With H. Kato, F. Ohtake, and Y. Tsutsui, he has jointly edited two volumes on behavioral economics: Behavioral Economics of Preferences, Choices, and Happiness (Springer, 2015, forthcoming); and Behavioral Interactions, Markets, and Economic Dynamics: Topics in Behavioral Economics (Springer, 2015, forthcoming).

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economics of Self-Destructive Choices
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Japanese Business and Economics
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55793-7
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55793-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55792-0
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56694-6
Series ISSN
2197-8859
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 191
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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