Resource-Allocation Behavior

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 2002 - Psychology - 245 pages

Despite the increasing necessity for information on allocating dwindling resources, resource-allocation behavior is not nearly so well understood as choice behavior (selection from two or more already defined alternatives, events, or lotteries.)

Although there have been scores of books devoted to the optimal model for making resource-allocation decisions there has never been a book discussing the cognitive aspects of this behavior.

This book answers the question of how people make such decisions while explaining how Linear Programming can be applied within the context of resource-allocation. It also takes the reader step-by-step into several types of problems under varying conditions, including harsh and benign environments, maximization and minimization, multi-dimensional, and cyclical problems.

 

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Contents

An Introduction to ResourceAllocation Behavior
1
The Optimal Model Linear Programming
9
ResourceAllocation Behavior with Time Three Dimensions and Minimums
19
Previous Research Behavioral Models Follow Normative Models
31
ResourceAllocation Behavior with Various Levels of Information
37
Rab in Harsh and Benign Environments
63
Rab When Gains and Losses Are Possible
89
Rab When the Objective Function
107
Rab in Commonplace but Complex Tasks
145
Cognitive Strategies for Rab
179
Distributive Justice in ResourceAllocation
201
Conclusions and Future Areas to be Mapped
235
Index
243
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