The Endowment Effect as Blessing

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Sivan Frenkel

Tel Aviv University - Coller School of Management

Yuval Heller

Bar Ilan University

Roee Teper

Tel Aviv University

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Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

We study the idea that seemingly unrelated behavioral biases can coevolve if they jointly compensate for the errors that any one of them would give rise to in isolation. We suggest that the “endowment effect” and the “winner's curse” could have jointly survived natural selection together. We develop a new family of “hybrid‐replicator” dynamics. Under such dynamics, biases survive in the population for a long period of time even if they only partially compensate for each other and despite the fact that the rational type's payoff is strictly larger than the payoffs of all other types.

Suggested Citation

Frenkel, Sivan and Heller, Yuval and Teper, Roee, The Endowment Effect as Blessing (August 2018). International Economic Review, Vol. 59, Issue 3, pp. 1159-1186, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3233199 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12300

Sivan Frenkel (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Coller School of Management ( email )

Tel Aviv
Israel

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Yuval Heller

Bar Ilan University ( email )

Dept. of Economics, Building 504
Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, 5290002
Israel
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Roee Teper

Tel Aviv University ( email )

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

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