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An Analysis of Frequency and Duration of Search on the Internet


  • Amit Bhatnagar

    (University of WisconsinMilwaukee)


While seeking information online, consumers exhibit different patterns of search, that is, frequency of visit and duration of visit per search episode. This research empirically examines if consumers' search patterns are affected by the type of information that they seek. A discrete hazard model is used to study the time spent per trip, and an ordinal probit model is used to study the frequency of searching. The baseline hazard is estimated without imposing any parametric restrictions. We study the role of seven different types of information that consumers seek. The model is calibrated on data collected through online surveys.

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  • Amit Bhatnagar, 2004. "An Analysis of Frequency and Duration of Search on the Internet," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 77(2), pages 311-330, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:77:y:2004:i:2:p:311-330

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    1. Geanakoplos, John, 1994. "Common knowledge," Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications,in: R.J. Aumann & S. Hart (ed.), Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 40, pages 1437-1496 Elsevier.
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    1. Brenčič, Vera, 2014. "Search online: Evidence from acquisition of information on online job boards and resume banks," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 112-125.
    2. Jason Kuruzovich & Siva Viswanathan & Ritu Agarwal, 2010. "Seller Search and Market Outcomes in Online Auctions," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 56(10), pages 1702-1717, October.

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