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Jonathan Chapman, Mark Dean, Pietro Ortoleva, Erik Snowberg, Colin Camerer

NBER Working Paper No. 24931
Issued in August 2018
NBER Program(s):Development Economics Program, Law and Economics Program, Public Economics Program, Political Economy Program

We study the pattern of correlations across a large number of behavioral regularities, with the goal of creating an empirical basis for more comprehensive theories of decision-making. We elicit 21 behaviors using an incentivized survey on a representative sample (n=1,000) of the U.S. population. Our data show a clear and relatively simple structure underlying the correlations between these measures. Using principal components analysis, we reduce the 21 variables to six components corresponding to clear clusters of high correlations. We examine the relationship between these components, cognitive ability, and demographics, and discuss the theoretical implications of the structure we uncover and find a number of relations that partly confirm, but also add nuance, to previous findings.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24931

 
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