Addiction and Economic Rationality. A Theoretical Contraddiction? (di Maurizio Mistri) - ABSTRACT:
In this article the author discusses certain matters relating to the nature of addiction as an involuntary consumer learning phenomenon. In particular, he criticizes the theoretical approach of rational addiction, in the convinction that we can only speak of addiction proper in the case of there being temporal inconsistency between the consumption plans and the choice actually made later on. In the author’s opinion, it is important for economic science to return to the fundamental ideas of the neurosciences, focusing on the part can be played by the voluntary behavior of an addicted individual.