Beliefs, intentions, power : essays on dynamic decision problems

Z.Z. Méder

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In this thesis individual and collective decision making is being researched. For individuals prone to procrastination or impulsivity, this work suggests that researchers and therapists should focus on the discrepancy between intentions and beliefs. For example, addicts could keep intention-belief diaries, where they specify how they want to behave, and how they think they will.
Collective decision making is also intricate, as selfish free riders often take advantage of cooperative individuals’ efforts. This research shows that groups tend to select leaders who can force free riders to cooperate. Such self-organized hierarchies enable groups to achieve better outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Herings, Jean-Jacques, Supervisor
  • Peeters, Ronald, Co-Supervisor
  • Flesch, Janos, Co-Supervisor
Award date5 Jun 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • decision theory
  • game theory
  • optimality
  • dynamic inconsistency
  • public goods
  • cooperation
  • hierarchy

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