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MicroeconomIc Theory Workshop: Shaowei Ke

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Virtual Event

Shaowei Ke, University of Michigan

Behavioral Neural Networks (joint w/Chen Zhao, Zhaoran Wang, and Sung-Lin Hsieh)

Abstract: We provide an axiomatic foundation for a class of neural-network models applied to decision-making under risk, called neural-network expected utility (NEU) models. Motivated by classic experimental findings, we weaken the independence axiom in a novel way. We show how to use simple neurons, referred to as behavioral neurons, in NEU models to capture behavioral effects, such as the certainty effect and reference dependence. Empirically, we show that some simple NEU model with natural interpretation predicts better than existing theories, such as expected utility theory and cumulative prospect theory out of sample, and that behavioral neurons help improve NEU models’ performance.

Dial-In Information

If you are interested participating in this seminar, please email Ulrike Kroeller at for Zoom information.

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Seminar, Class/ Workshop




economics, EconSeminar, EconMicro

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Contact Name

Ulrike Kroeller


Shaowei Ke

Speaker Affiliation

University of Michigan

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Cornell Economics Community - List Serve Members