Cognitive Processes and Economic Behaviour by Marcello Basili, Nicola Dimitri, ITZHAK GILBOA

By Marcello Basili, Nicola Dimitri, ITZHAK GILBOA

In recent times the knowledge of the cognitive foundations of financial habit has turn into more and more very important. This quantity comprises contributions from such best students as Adam Brandenburger, Michael Bacharach and Patrick Suppes. it is going to be of significant curiosity to lecturers and researchers focused on the sphere of economics and psychology in addition to these attracted to political economic climate extra quite often.

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8 In Arrow (1953), security prices can be normalized so that they add up to one and security prices may be interpreted as a probability distribution in the space of states. Note that the derived probability distribution is not a probability distribution (subjective or objective) of the agents on the set of states of the world, but simply "a weighting of the states made by prices which express an aggregation of agents' behaviors towards uncertainty" (Chateauneuf et al. 1993). From a theoretical point of view, all valuation models in finance, the most famous of which is the Black and Scholes (1973) model, can be considered a generalization of the complete Arrow model.

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Rather than explaining these financial market failures on the basis of asymmetric information and liquidity shortage, an alternative explanation is provided by proving that ambiguity of information (multiple priors) induces a set of asset prices that could determine financial market failures. Epstein and Wang (1994, 1995) apply the multiple priors approach to an intertemporal multiple-asset framework. They introduce vagueness of the belief component of the utility function into a Lucas-style economy 24 Marcello Basili and Fulvio Fontini (Lucas 1978), by replacing the unique probability measure with a convex set of probability measures, the size of which indicates the degree of uncertainty.

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