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Using Attribute Importance Rankings within Discrete Choice Experiments: An Application to Valuing Bread Attributes

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  • Balcombe, Kelvin
  • Bitzios, Michael
  • Fraser, Iain
  • Haddock-Fraser, Janet

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We present a new Bayesian econometric speci cation for a hypothetical Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) incorporating respondent ranking information about attribute impor- tance. Our results indicate that a DCE debrie ng question that asks respondents to rank the importance of attributes helps to explain the resulting choices. We also examine how mode of survey delivery (online and mail) impacts model performance, nding that results are not substantively a¤ected by the mode of survey delivery. We conclude that the ranking data is a complementary source of information about respondent utility functions within hypothetical DCEs.

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Paper provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2013 Conference (57th), February 5-8, 2013, Sydney, Australia with number 152151.

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Keywords: Attribute Importance Rankings; Discrete Choice Experiment; Survey Mode; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Productivity Analysis; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; C11; C25; L66;

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  1. Harmsen - van Hout, Marjolein & Ghosh, Gaurav & Madlener, Reinhard, 2013. "An Evaluation of Attribute Anchoring Bias in a Choice Experimental Setting," FCN Working Papers 6/2013, E.ON Energy Research Center, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN).

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