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Both collection risk and waiting costs give rise to the behavioral constellation of deprivation

  • Hugo Mell (a1) (a2), Nicolas Baumard (a2) and Jean-Baptiste André (a3)

Pepper & Nettle explain the behavioral constellation of deprivation (BCD) in terms of differences in collection risk (i.e., the probability of collecting a reward after some delay) between high- and low-socioeconomic-status (SES) populations. We argue that a proper explanation should also include the costs of waiting per se, which are paid even when the benefits are guaranteed.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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