time inconsistency

Definition

The problem that arises when a decision maker, especially a policy maker, prefers one policy in advance but a different one when the time to implement arrives. Knowing this, others will not find the commitment to the first policy credible.

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There was some time inconsistency to be aware of and I thought that was a good thing to pay attention to for us.

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One critic of the new CEO was the issue of time inconsistency as they always seemed to change their mind, and direction, at the time of implementation arrived.

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My boss was accused of time inconsistency when he initially told us he wanted us to purchase our competitor, but then backtracked when the sale was about to go through.

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