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Heterogeneous anchoring and the shift effect in iterative valuation questions

  • Aprahamian, Frederic
  • Chanel, Olivier
  • Luchini, Stephane

In this article, we consider starting point bias as a heterogeneous phenomenon, that is, respondents in CV surveys do not anchor in the sameway. We study the consequences of a mistaken assumption of homogeneous anchoring for the analysis of the shift effect in multiple-bounded dichotomous choice format, when respondents really have heterogeneous anchoring. We show that the shift effect, generally interpreted as incentive incompatibility or “yea”-saying, can be the spurious outcome of disregarded heterogeneous anchoring.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 12-20

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