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A theory of discrete choice with information costs

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  • Cheremukhin, Anton
  • Popova, Anna
  • Tutino, Antonella

We present a theory of discrete choice with information costs that supports deliberate stochastic choice. We use a unique experimental dataset to distinguish between errors arising from limitations on a decision maker's cognitive abilities and conscious disregard of information. Experimental evidence strongly favors the latter explanation. The data also allows us to directly estimate the shape and size of information costs for individual participants. Furthermore, in line with a dynamic extension of our theory, we find that accumulated knowledge of the environment improves response consistency.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 113 (2015)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 34-50

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:113:y:2015:i:c:p:34-50
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.02.022
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