Arnold Kling

Comment of the Week, 2003-05-16

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On the topic of revealed preference, David Thomson writes,

Human beings are neither existentially [n]or psychologically able to endure lives of everyday indolence and unrelenting pleasure seeking.

That sounds like the introductory sentence for a thesis in behavioral economics. For conventional economists, the question is whether or not you can treat people as if they seek "everyday indolence and unrelenting pleasure seeking."

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