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Comparing Open-Ended Choice Experiments and Experimental Auctions: An Application to Golden Rice

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  • Jay R. Corrigan
  • Dinah Pura T. Depositario
  • Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr.
  • Ximing Wu
  • Tiffany P. Laude

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We use two different experimental valuation methods to estimate consumer demand for genetically-modified golden rice. The first is an open-ended choice experiment (OECE) where participants name the quantities of golden rice and conventional rice demanded at each of several price combinations, one of which will be randomly chosen as binding. This allows us to estimate market demand by aggregating demand across participants. This estimate of market demand also allows us to estimate own-price elasticity and consumer surplus for golden rice. Comparing willingness-to-pay (WTP) estimates from the OECE with those from a uniform-price auction, we find that OECE WTP estimates exhibit less affiliation across rounds, and the effects of positive and negative information under the OECE are more consistent with prior expectations and existing studies. We also find that while auction WTP estimates more than double across five rounds, OECE WTP estimates are stable across rounds and are always roughly equal to those from the final auction round.

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Paper provided by Kenyon College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0901.

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Keywords: choice experiments; experimental auctions; golden rice; valuation;

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