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The effect of control deprivation on consumers’ adoption of no-pain, no-gain principle

Yanli Jia and Robert S. Wyer

International Journal of Research in Marketing, 2022, vol. 39, issue 3, 678-698

Abstract: Consumers often base their judgments on a no-pain, no-gain principle—that is, one must pay a cost in order to achieve a beneficial outcome. For example, they infer the quality of a product from its price and judge a bad-tasting medicine to be more effective than a tasty one. Although the use of this principle to infer the value of a product or service has been observed in several domains, the processes that underlie its use have not been fully explored. We find that when people feel out of control, they tend to use the principle because it exemplifies a causal relationship between actions and outcomes and endorsing it reaffirms their belief that they have control over the outcomes of their behavior. Our findings have implications for how marketers might position products and services to attract consumers who perceive themselves as having different levels of control.

Keywords: Control deprivation; No-pain no-gain principle; Need for structure; Cognitive heuristic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijresmar.2021.12.003

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