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
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.
random utility maximization; satisficing; stated choice experiments
European Review of Agricultural Economics: Volume 46, Issue 1
|Publication date online||20/07/2018|
|Date accepted by journal||25/04/2018|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|