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Inferred vs Stated Attribute Non-Attendance in Choice Experiments: A Study of Doctors' Prescription Behaviour

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  • Arne Risa Hole

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Julie Riise Kolstad

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    (UNI Rokkan Centre, University of Bergen)

  • Dorte Gyrd-Hansen

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    (Health Economics Research Unit, University of Southern Denmark)

Abstract

It is increasingly recognised that respondents to choice experiments employ heuristics such as attribute non-attendance (ANA) to simplify the choice tasks. This paper develops an econometric model which incorporates preference heterogeneity among respondents with different attribute processing strategies and allows the ANA probabilities to depend on the respondents' stated non-attendance. We find evidence that stated ANA is a useful indicator of the prevalence of nonattendance in the data. Contrary to previous papers in the literature we find that willingness to pay estimates derived from models which account for ANA are similar to the standard logit estimates.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012010.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2012010

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Keywords: choice experiment; attribute non-attendance;

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