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Addressing empirical challenges related to the incentive compatibility of stated preferences methods

Mikolaj Czajkowski (), Christian Vossler, Wiktor Budzinski (), Aleksandra Wiśniewska and Ewa Zawojska

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2017, vol. 142, issue C, 47-63

Abstract: An emerging theoretical literature focused on the incentive compatibility of stated preference surveys offers a new lens through which to view extant evidence on external validity, and provides guidance for practitioners. However, critical theoretical assumptions rest on latent respondent beliefs, such as the belief that respondents view surveys as potentially influencing policy (i.e., policy consequentiality), which gives rise to pressing empirical challenges. In this study, we develop a Hybrid Mixed Logit model capable of integrating multiple latent beliefs, and subjective measures of these beliefs, into a discrete choice model of stated preferences. Planned use of a resource, which can also be considered a latent variable, is frequently an important consideration when modelling stated preferences for a change in a good, and we demonstrate how our framework can be used to incorporate this information simultaneously. We further explore whether simple information treatments, which vary the degree to which the potential role of surveys in informing policy is emphasized, can influence respondent beliefs. Our results suggest that latent beliefs over consequentiality, resource use and, to a much lesser extent, the information treatments significantly influence elicited willingness to pay.

Keywords: Discrete choice experiment; Stated preferences; Consequentiality; Field experiment; Hybrid mixed logit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 C35 H41 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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