Revealed preferences aren't just exposed lies

post by jml · 2018-12-30T05:19:57.584Z · score: 10 (6 votes) · LW · GW · None comments

This is a link post for https://blog.jminjie.com/@Jordan/good-reasons-to-lie-ad7a4cdae0

I wrote about two frameworks you can use when someone seems to be acting against their self-stated goals: revealed preference theory and misaligned incentive theory [LW · GW]. Often times, the RPT view can become an accusation that someone is lying, but this isn’t always the case. Here are some good-faith reasons someone’s self-proclaimed preferences may not match their actions:

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