Theoretical Economics Letters

Volume 3, Issue 4 (August 2013)

ISSN Print: 2162-2078   ISSN Online: 2162-2086

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Economic and Emotional Rationality: An Application to Wealth Concentration

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DOI: 10.4236/tel.2013.34040    3,716 Downloads   5,810 Views  Citations


This Paper presents a theoretical outline regarding the Emotional Well-being (EW) function as an extension of the economic utility function. EW includes habitual factors that are always present in everyday decision making. Firstly, an analytical-mathematical conceptualization of EW is carried out, followed by a study of the concept of emotional security, in order to define a new idea of emotional rationality as a complement to economic rationality. An explanation is put forth, as an application, of the concentration of wealth phenomenon according to the focus on economic and emotional rationality. The conclusion is that EW is a theoretical approach which can clarify the understanding of the decision making process in economics activities.

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J. Parada-Daza and M. Parada-Contzen, "Economic and Emotional Rationality: An Application to Wealth Concentration," Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 3 No. 4, 2013, pp. 233-244. doi: 10.4236/tel.2013.34040.

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