Economic preferences and attitudes : origins, behavioral impact, stability and measurement

M.A. Zumbuehl

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Economic and social preferences such as e.g. risk preferences, trust or reciprocity are at the basis of human decision making. Advances in behavioral economics have documented the heterogeneity in those preferences among individuals and opened up a field of economics that is concerned with the drivers and channels of human motivation. This thesis discusses selected issues on the origin of preferences, their impact on (economic) outcomes, as well as methodological issues, such as the measurement of preferences and their stability over time.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Dohmen, Thomas, Supervisor
  • Pfann, Gerard, Supervisor
Award date10 Sept 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-90-5321-541-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • economic behavior
  • decision making

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