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Mesurer les préférences du consommateur pour orienter les décisions des pouvoirs publics : l'apport de la méthode expérimentale

  • Stéphane Robin


    (GATE - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines)

  • Anne Rozan


    (UMR GSP - Gestion des services publics - Ecole Nationale du Génie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement de Strasbourg - CEMAGREF-UR GSLY)

  • Bernard Ruffieux


    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) - Université Grenoble Alpes - Grenoble 2)

Individual preferences must be evaluated to take into account the citizens' interests for public decisions. Usually, economists assess individual preferences through market decisions. But more often, public decisions impact goods without market prices. Without a market to refer to, evaluating the consequences of a public decision on individual welfare is a challenging methodological problem. In spite of major improvements, preference studies built on hypothetical questions (survey or contingent hypothetical valuations) are biased. Experimental economics is a promising alternative to obtain directly individual valuation for a choice, a scenario or a nonmarket good. Preference study in the lab based on the experimental method is a growing field. This paper aims to present this approach. Precisely, this paper answers the following questions: Why is it interesting to use the experimental method to elicit individual preferences? And how to conduct this category of experiments?

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Date of creation: 2007
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Publication status: Published in Working paper GATE 2007-23. 2007
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