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Some Implications Of Cognitive Psychology For Risk Regulation, Roger G. Noll, James E. Krier Jan 1990

Some Implications Of Cognitive Psychology For Risk Regulation, Roger G. Noll, James E. Krier

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Beginning with a set of books and articles published in the 1950s, cognitive psychologists have developed a new descriptive theory of how people make decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty. A dominant theme in the theory is that most people do not evaluate risky circumstances in the manner assumed by conventional decision theory-they do not, that is, seek to maximize the expected value of some function when selecting among actions with uncertain outcomes. The purpose of this article is to consider some implications of the cognitive theory for regulatory policies designed to control risks to life, health, and the ...