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Economics and emotion: Institutions matter
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, CSELAB - Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory.
Department of Accounting, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN, United States.
2005 (English)In: Games and Economic Behavior, ISSN 0899-8256, Vol. 52, no 2, 316-335 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In two different types of institutions, English and Dutch auctions, we collect heart rate data, a proxy for emotion, to test hypotheses based on findings in neural science about the effect of emotion on economic behavior. We first demonstrate that recording heart rates does not distort prices in these auctions. Next we ask if knowledge of the intensity of a participant's emotional state improves our ability to predict price setting behavior beyond predictions of price based on usual economic variables. Our answer is that "institutions matter." In the Dutch (English) auctions we find (no) evidence that knowledge of emotional intensity affects our ability to predict price setting behavior. We then entertain the proposition that the cardiac system is an information system that processes economic events. We are able to show that this hypothesis is consistent with our observations and furthermore that the processes differ across institutions. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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2005. Vol. 52, no 2, 316-335 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50444DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2004.06.017OAI: diva2:271340
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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