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Self-knowledge and self-deception

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A person is concerned about self‐image if his utility function depends, not only on his actions, but also on his beliefs about what sort of person he is. This dual motivation problem makes it difficult, and in some cases impossible, for someone to learn who he really is based solely on his revealed behavior. Indeed, there are very simple situations, involving just two actions and two possible identities, such that, if there is any initial uncertainty about one’s true identity, it will never b...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Economics
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Series:
University of Oxford Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Publication date:
2008-01-01
ISSN:
1471-0498
URN:
uuid:e175cd54-7233-4695-af0c-3a1aad72c2cb
Local pid:
ora:1733
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English
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