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Evaluating reproductive decisions as discrete choices under social influence.

Bentley, R.A. and Brock, W.A. and Caiado, C.C.S. and O'Brien, M. (2016) 'Evaluating reproductive decisions as discrete choices under social influence.', Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society B : biological sciences., 371 (1692). p. 27022081.


Discrete choice, coupled with social influence, plays a significant role in evolutionary studies of human fertility, as investigators explore how and why reproductive decisions are made. We have previously proposed that the relative magnitude of social influence can be compared against the transparency of pay-off, also known as the transparency of a decision, through a heuristic diagram that maps decision-making along two axes. The horizontal axis represents the degree to which an agent makes a decision individually versus one that is socially influenced, and the vertical axis represents the degree to which there is transparency in the pay-offs and risks associated with the decision the agent makes. Having previously parametrized the functions that underlie the diagram, we detail here how our estimation methods can be applied to real-world datasets concerning sexual health and contraception.

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Date accepted:03 January 2016
Date deposited:11 August 2017
Date of first online publication:28 March 2016
Date first made open access:11 August 2017

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