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Learning While Searching for the Best Alternative

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This paper delovers the solution to an optimal search problem with learning where the searcher has distinguishable search opportunities. The optimal sampling strategy is characterized by simple reservation prices that determine which of the search alternatives to sample and when to stop search.
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  • Adam, Klaus, 2001. "Learning While Searching for the Best Alternative," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 101(1), pages 252-280, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:101:y:2001:i:1:p:252-280
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    1. Marcoul, Philippe & Weninger, Quinn, 2008. "Search and active learning with correlated information: Empirical evidence from mid-Atlantic clam fishermen," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1921-1948, June.
    2. Sanjiv Erat & Stylianos Kavadias, 2008. "Sequential Testing of Product Designs: Implications for Learning," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 54(5), pages 956-968, May.
    3. Deishin Lee & Eric Van den Steen, 2010. "Managing Know-How," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 56(2), pages 270-285, February.
    4. Gerald Häubl & Benedict G. C. Dellaert & Bas Donkers, 2010. "Tunnel Vision: Local Behavioral Influences on Consumer Decisions in Product Search," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 29(3), pages 438-455, 05-06.
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    6. Akiko Maruyama, 2016. "One-sided learning about one's own type in a two-sided search model," GRIPS Discussion Papers 15-26, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
    7. Klaus Adam, 2001. "Competitive Prices in Markets with Search and Information Frictions," CSEF Working Papers 55, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
    8. Akiko Maruyama, 2013. "Learning about one's own type: a search model with two-sided uncertainty," GRIPS Discussion Papers 12-24, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

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    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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