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Inferred vs Stated Attribute Non-Attendance in Choice Experiments: A Study of Doctors' Prescription Behaviour

Arne Hole (), Julie Riise and Dorte Gyrd-Hansen ()

No 2012010, Working Papers from The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics

Abstract: It is increasingly recognised that respondents to choice experiments employ heuristics such as attribute non-attendance (ANA) to simplify the choice tasks. This paper develops an econometric model which incorporates preference heterogeneity among respondents with different attribute processing strategies and allows the ANA probabilities to depend on the respondents' stated non-attendance. We find evidence that stated ANA is a useful indicator of the prevalence of nonattendance in the data. Contrary to previous papers in the literature we find that willingness to pay estimates derived from models which account for ANA are similar to the standard logit estimates.

Keywords: choice experiment; attribute non-attendance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 I10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2012
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dcm, nep-ecm and nep-hea
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