Transitive regret

Sushil Bikhchandani*, Uzi Segal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Preferences may arise from regret, i.e., from comparisons with alternatives forgone by the decision maker. We ask whether regret-based behavior is consistent with nonexpected utility theories of transitive choice and show that the answer is no. If choices are governed by ex ante regret and rejoicing, then nonexpected utility preferences must be intransitive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-108
Number of pages14
JournalTheoretical Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Nonexpected utility
  • Regret
  • Transitivity


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