ECONOMIC CONCEPTS FOR THE ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR

Steven R. Hursh

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Abstract

A review of the relationship between schedule of reinforcement, response rate, and choice suggests that certain unifying concepts from economics can contribute to a more complete science of behavior. Four points are made: 1) a behavioral experiment is an economic system and its characteristics—open or closed—can strongly determine the results; 2) reinforcers can be distinguished by a functional property called elasticity; 3) reinforcers may interact as complements as well as substitutes; 4) no simple choice rule, such as strict matching, can account for all choice behavior. 1980 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-238
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • choice
  • demand
  • economics
  • elasticity
  • matching
  • response rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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