Magni, Carlo Alberto (2003): Opportunity cost, excess profit and counterfactual conditionals. Forthcoming in: Frontiers in Finance and Economics
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Counterfactual conditionals are cognitive tools that we incessantly use during our lives for judgments, evaluations, decisions. Counterfactuals are used for defining concepts as well; an instance of this is attested by the notions of opportunity cost and excess profit, two all-pervasive notions of economics: They are defined by undoing a given scenario and constructing a suitable counterfactual milieu. Focussing on the standard paradigm [Peasnell, 1981, 1982; Peccati, 1987, 1990, 1991; Ohlson, 1995] and Magni’s [2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006] alternative paradigm this paper shows that the formal translation of the counterfactual state is not univocal and that Magni’s approach retains formal properties of symmetry, additive coherence, homeomorphism, which correspond to properties of frame-independence, time invariance, completeness. Two introductory studies are also presented to illustrate how people cope with these counterfactuals and ascertain whether either model is seen as more “natural”. A brief discussion of the results obtained is also provided.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Opportunity cost, excess profit and counterfactual conditionals|
|Keywords:||Opportunity cost, excess profit, residual income, counterfactual, modelling, frame-independence, time invariance, completeness|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design > D46 - Value Theory
M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M4 - Accounting and Auditing > M41 - Accounting
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice ; Investment Decisions
A - General Economics and Teaching > A1 - General Economics > A12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance
G - Financial Economics > G0 - General > G00 - General
M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M2 - Business Economics > M21 - Business Economics
|Depositing User:||Carlo Alberto Magni|
|Date Deposited:||25. Jun 2008 01:46|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 10:11|
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