Article

Accommodating satisficing behaviour in stated choice experiments

Citation

Sandorf ED & Campbell D (2019) Accommodating satisficing behaviour in stated choice experiments. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 46 (1), pp. 133-162. https://doi.org/10.1093/erae/jby021

Abstract
Accumulating evidence suggests that respondents in stated choice experiments use simplifying strategies. Such behavior is a deviation from random utility theory and can lead to wrong inferences regarding preferences. This is a first attempt to systematically explore satisficing in stated choice experiments. We consider 944 satisficing rules and allow respondents to revise the rules adopted throughout the choice sequence. Only a minority of respondents used the same satisficing rule across the entire sequence. Allowing for updating reveals that the use of the heuristic changes over the choice sequence. Considering satisficing behavior leads to improved model fits and different marginal willingness-to-pay estimates.

Keywords
random utility maximization; satisficing; stated choice experiments

Journal
European Review of Agricultural Economics: Volume 46, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date01/02/2019
Publication date online20/07/2018
Date accepted by journal25/04/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27126
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN0165-1587
eISSN1464-3618