Consumer behaviour: evolution of preferences and the search for novelty
AbstractEvolution of consumers' preferences has been recognized by many scholars as being key to understanding technological change. However, mainstream economics cannot account for the seemingly irrational behavior of consumers based on changes in taste – consumer theory lacks exibility and accuracy to explain changes in consumer behavior. Adopting a behavioral psychology perspective, this paper argues that there is a rational pattern in the change of consumers' tastes. I argue that behavioral psychology offers us a unique perspective to solve some of the paradoxes of consumer behavior. This paper incorporates exibility into CES utility function to more adequately account for, and differentiate between, habit formation routines. A model is developed in which habit formation and consumption of new goods are interrelated.
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Consumer behaviour; Consumer choice; Technological change; Innovations;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
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- NEP-ALL-2009-02-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2009-02-07 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2009-02-07 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-MKT-2009-02-07 (Marketing)
- NEP-UPT-2009-02-07 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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