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Choice by iterative search

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  • Nakajima, Daisuke

    () (Department of Economics, Otaru University of Commerce)

  • Masatlioglu, Yusufcan

    () (Department of Economics, University of Michigan)

Abstract

When making choices, decision makers often either lack information about alternatives or lack the cognitive capacity to analyze every alternative. To capture these situations, we formulate a framework to study behavioral search by utilizing the idea of consideration sets. Consumers engage in a dynamic search process. At each stage, they consider only those options in the current consideration set. We provide behavioral postulates characterizing this model. We illustrate how one can identify both search paths and preferences.

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  • Nakajima, Daisuke & Masatlioglu, Yusufcan, 2013. "Choice by iterative search," Theoretical Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 8(3), September.
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    Keywords

    Search; satisficing; bounded rationality; consideration set; reference-dependent choice; revealed preference;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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