The main purpose of rational choice theory is to lay out in clear and transparent terms what conditions are necessary and/or sufficient for the validity of statements about consistent human behavior. Strong criteria for rationality are 'wrong' if understood as a positive description. However, their very strength provides a sharp guide for experimental social science's project of mapping the properties of individual behavior.
- Behavioral economics
- Rational choice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science