The law of how late people choose to be

An organizer of a small research workshop, observing that all the locals were late, once remarked that “the closer people are to the venue the later they come.” If I remember my school days correctly, the same could have been said of my classmates. Of course, this is not a precise law, as people differ in how much they dislike being late (or early) to things, but on the whole, there could well be some empirical truth in this statement. In this post, I will sketch a little decision theoretic model that delivers this law.

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