Crosetto, Paolo and Gaudeul, Alexia (2012): Do consumers prefer offers that are easy to compare? An experimental investigation.
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Abstract Consumers make mistakes when facing complex purchasing decision problems but if at least some consumers disregard any offers that is difficult to compare with others then firms will adopt common ways to present their offers and thus make choice easier. We design an original experiment to identify consumers’ choice heuristics in the lab. Subjects are asked to choose from menus of offers and we measure the extent to which they favor those offers that are easy to compare with others in the menu. A sufficient number of subjects do so with sufficient intensity for offers presented in common terms to generate higher revenues than offers that are expressed in an idiosyncratic way.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Do consumers prefer offers that are easy to compare? An experimental investigation|
|Keywords:||Bounded Rationality; Cognitive Limitations; Standards; Consumer Choice; Experimental Economics; Heuristics; Pricing Formats; Spurious Complexity|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D18 - Consumer Protection
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Single Equation Models; Single Variables > C25 - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
|Depositing User:||Alexia Gaudeul|
|Date Deposited:||08. Feb 2012 16:15|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 20:35|
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