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Subjective Outcomes in Economics

Daniel S. Hamermesh

NBER Working Paper No. 10361
Issued in March 2004
NBER Program(s):   LS

This study examines the various uses of subjective outcomes as a focus of interest for economists. It outlines the possible channels by which economists can usefully add to what are already massive literatures on such outcomes in the other social sciences. Generally we contribute little if we merely engage in fancier empirical work and still less if we describe subjective outcomes by other subjective outcomes. Our biggest contributions can be in adducing economic theories that allow a better understanding of objective behavior using subjective outcomes, or of the determinants of subjective outcomes; or in understanding subjective outcomes, such as expectations, that underlie objective economic behavior.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10361

Published: "Subjective Outcomes in Economics" Hamermesh, Daniel S.; Southern Economic Journal, July 2004, v. 71, iss. 1, pp. 2-11

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