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Satisficing in sales competition: experimental evidence

Siegfried K. Berninghaus (), Werner Gueth (), Maria Levati and Jianying Qiu
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Siegfried K. Berninghaus: Universität Karlsruhe, Postal: RZ Zirkel 2 D-76128 Karlsruhe
Werner Gueth: Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Strategic Interaction Group, Postal: Kahlaische Straße 10, D-07745 Jena

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Werner Güth ()

No 07-03, Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications from Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim, Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim

Abstract: In a duopoly market, aspirations express how much sellers want to earn given their expectations about the other's behavior. We define individually and mutually satisficing sales behavior for given individual beliefs and aspirations. In a first experimental phase, whenever satisficing is not possible, beliefs, aspirations, or sales have to be adapted. In a second phase, testing the absorption of satisficing, participants are free to select nonsatisficing sales profiles. The results reveal that most people are satisficers who, either mandatorily or deliberately, tend to adjust aspiration levels if they cannot be satisfied.

Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2007-05-16
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-com, nep-exp and nep-mic
Note: Financial support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, SFB 504, at the University of Mannheim, is gratefully acknowledged.
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