Crosetto, Paolo and Gaudeul, Alexia (2012): Do consumers prefer offers that are easy to compare? An experimental investigation.
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Abstract Firms can exploit consumers' mistakes when facing complex purchasing decision problems but Gaudeul and Sugden (2012) argue that if at least some consumers disregard offers that are difficult to compare with others then firms will be forced into adopting common ways to present their offers and thus make choice easier. We design an original experiment to check whether consumers’ indeed favor those offers that are easy to compare with others in a 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 > D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
|Depositing User:||Dr Alexia Gaudeul|
|Date Deposited:||22 Sep 2012 20:32|
|Last Modified:||23 Jan 2016 12:37|
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