Choosing on influence

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    Abstract

    Interaction, the act of mutual influence between two or more individuals, is an essential part of daily life and economic decisions. Yet, micro-foundations of interaction are unexplored. This paper presents a fi rst attempt to this purpose. We study a decision procedure for interacting agents. According to our model, interaction occurs since individuals seek influence for those issues that they cannot solve on their own. Following a choice-theoretic approach, we provide simple properties that aid to detect interacting individuals. In this case, revealed preference analysis not only grants the underlying preferences but also the influence acquired. Our baseline model is based on two interacting individuals, though we extend the analysis to multi-individual environments.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of St Andrews
    Pages1-37
    Number of pages37
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2015

    Publication series

    NameSchool of Economics & Finance Discussion Paper
    PublisherUniversity of St Andrews
    No.1504
    ISSN (Print)0962-4031
    ISSN (Electronic)2055-303X

    Keywords

    • Interaction
    • Social Influence
    • Boundedly Rational Decision Making
    • Two Stage Maximization
    • Incomplete Preferences

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