Title

Affective Decision Making: A Behavioral Theory of Choice

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

11-1-2007

CFDP Number

1633

CFDP Pages

28

Abstract

Affective decision-making (ADM) is a refutable and predictive theory of individual choice under risk and uncertainty. It generalizes expected utility theory by positing the existence of two cognitive processes — the “rational” and the “emotional” process. Observed choice is the result of their simultaneous interaction. We present a model of affective choice in insurance markets, where risk perceptions are endogenous.

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