A behavioral model of adaptation

Jose Apesteguia, Miguel Angel Ballester, Tugce Cuhadaroglu*

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    Adaptation refers to the process of changing behavior in response to a variation in the environment. We propose a model of an adaptive individual that contemplates two forces: on the one hand the individual benefits from adopting the ideal response to the new environment, but on the other hand, behavioral change is costly. We lay down the axiomatic foundations of the model. We then study two applications. The first studies a situation where ideal behavior depends on the response of another adaptive individual. The second analyzes the case where the ideal response is influenced by the strategic interaction in a cheap talk-like game.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)146-156
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
    Early online date25 Jan 2023
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


    • Adaptation
    • Intertemporal behavior
    • Changing tastes


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