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A memory based model of bounded rationality

by Sendhil Mullainathan

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Published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics in Cambridge, MA .
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How do memory limitations affect economic behavior? I develop a model of memory grounded in psychology and biology research to investigate this question. Using this model, I study the case where people apply Bayes rule to the history they recall as if it were the true history. The resulting beliefs exhibit over-reaction on average. They also exhibit under-reaction with the model providing enough structure to allow predictions about which effect dominates when. I then apply this general framework to an otherwise standard model of consumption. It predicts the broad structure of consumption predictability as well as differences in marginal propensity to consume across different income streams. Most important, because it ties the extent of bias to a measurable aspect of the stochastic process being forecasted, the model makes novel, testable empirical predictions. Keywords: psychology, biology, Bayes rule, personal economic history, consumption.

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StatementSendhil Mullainathan
SeriesWorking paper series / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics -- working paper 01-28, Working paper (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics) -- no. 01-28.
ContributionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics
The Physical Object
Pagination42 p. :
Number of Pages42
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24639644M
OCLC/WorldCa49817627

A MEMORY-BASED MODEL OF BOUNDED RATIONALITY* SENDHIL MULLAINATHAN In order to investigate the impact of limited memory on human behavior, I develop a model of memory grounded in psychological and biological research. I assume that people take their memories as accurate and use them to make inferences. Herbert A. Simon (–) was an influential psychologist and political scientist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics and the Turing Award (with Allen Newell). His many published books include Models of Bounded Rationality and Models of My Life (both published by the MIT Press).

Bounded rationality is a term first coined by Herbert Simon. Simon challenged the concept of a rational man in classical and neoclassical economic theories and argued that the rationality of man is bounded by certain limitations. He opined that even though rational thinking, deductive reasoning and logic are good for solving theoretical problems.   Rational Decision Making The Model Defined The Rational Decision Making Model was developed by Dr. Stephen P. Robbins of San Diego State University. This model, used largely in studies of organizational behavior, provides a sequential system for making decisions to be used by managers and groups in organizations and businesses. The seven steps of the model include: 1) Define the .

  Rational agents, loosely speaking, are agents whose actions make sense from the point of view of the information possessed by the agent and its goals (or the task for which it was designed). Rationality is a property of actions and does not specify—although it does constrain—the process by which the actions are selected.   In the first part of the book, the author considers the modeling of choice. After discussing some psychological findings, he proceeds to the modeling of procedural rationality, knowledge, memory, the choice of what to know, and group the second part, he discusses the fundamental difficulties of modeling bounded rationality in s: 1.


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Bounded rationality is the idea that rationality is limited, when individuals make decisions, by the tractability of the decision problem, the cognitive limitations of the mind, and the time available to make the decision. Decision-makers, in this view, act as satisficers, seeking a satisfactory solution rather than an optimal one.

Herbert A. Simon proposed bounded rationality as an. I The sources of bounded rationality can be diverse, and there are potentially many different approaches to it.

I An advantage of focusing on memory is that scientific research on it is far more advanced than research on higher-order cognitive functions such as problem solving techniques. I This permits a model more grounded in scientific.

even boundedly rational. However, a theory of bounded rationality cannot avoid this basic mode of behavior (see section ) The concept of bounded rationality has its roots in H. Simon=s attempt to construct a more realistic theory of human economic decision making.

Such a theory cannot cover the whole area of cognitive psychology. We propose a Bounded Log-Odds Model (BLO) of probability and relative frequency distortion based on three assumptions: ([1][1]) log-odds: probability and relative frequency are mapped to an internal log-odds scale, ([2][2]) boundedness: the range of representations of probability and relative frequency are bounded and the bounds change.

Bounded rationality, the notion that a behaviour can violate a rational precept or fail to conform to a norm of ideal rationality but nevertheless be consistent with the pursuit of an appropriate set of goals or objectives. This definition is, of course, not entirely satisfactory, in that it specifies neither the precept being violated nor conditions under which a set of goals may be.

Bounded rationality and organizational identification (now considered a consequence of bounded rationality) won ready acceptance in political sci-ence, with its emerging empiricist orientation, but they were largely ignored in the more theoretical discipline of.

Bounded rationality is the idea that humans are somewhat rational with several important limits. This is a challenge to a framework known as rational choice theory that assumes that people are generally rational.

Rational choice theory is widely used in social sciences and underpins a large number of theories in economics, political science, sociology and philosophy. Bounded rationality conceives of people engaging in politics as goal oriented but endowed with cognitive and emotional architectures that limit their abilities to pursue those goals rationally.

Political institutions provide the critical link between micro- and macro-processes in political decision-making. They act to (a) compensate for those bounds on rationality; (b) make possible.

Herbert Alexander Simon (J – February 9, ) was an American economist, political scientist and cognitive psychologist, whose primary research interest was decision-making within organizations and is best known for the theories of "bounded rationality" and "satisficing".

He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in and the Turing Award in Bounded rationality leads to excess volatility of equilibrium prices. Suppose that there are two dates, and that there is a supply shock: the endowment ω (t) changes between t = 0 and t = 1.

Let d p = p (1) – p (0) be the price change caused by the supply shock, and consider the case of infinitesimally small changes (to deal with the. Bounded rationality and public policy decision-making. which requires an individual choice model based on attention and short-term memory.

The Institutional Analysis and Development Framework centers on rational action by strategic actors, but with an understanding of the limits of full rationality and a focus on the abilities of citizens. This book is an excellent introduction to the concept of bounded rationality and heuristics.

It is also a fresh perspective on decision-making. Where current prevailing cognitive psychological theories focus on our biases and cognitive errors, this book focuses on why instead those heuristics make a lot of sense. In this paper, the Caputo derivative with fractional orders is suggested to model a competition among four competing firms.

The proposed economic model that describes this competition is constructed based on a generalization of the traditional bounded rationality. In this generalization, we study the influence of memory parameter on the complex behavior of the model. Distortions in memory impose important bounds on rationality but have been largely disregarded in economics.

While it is possible to learn, it is more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to unlearn. Outline • Activity-based transport models • Why activity-based and what does it involve. • New developments in research • Aspects of bounded rationality • Examples of exploring new area 1.

Effect of memory and emotion on learning and satisfaction 2. Group decision making and joint activity choice. Humans and animals make inferences about the world under limited time and knowledge.

In contrast, many models of rational inference treat the mind as a Laplacean Demon, equipped with unlimited time, knowledge, and computational might.

Following Herbert Simon's notion of satisficing, this chapter proposes a family of algorithms based on a simple psychological mechanism: one-reason decision .A model of decision making under bounded rationality is presented that combines satisficing behavior with learning and adaptation through environmental feedback.

The aspirations, or goals, of the decision maker dynamically adjust in response to the observed sequence of past decisions and their corresponding effects on the decison maker's.This yields an evolutionary foundation for “bounded rationality” –a heuristics-based model of behavior–as well as a reconciliation between rational economic models and their behavioral violations.

Seemingly irrational behavior may be irrational from the individual’s perspective but not necessarily from the population perspective.