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The "More Is Less" Phenomenon In Contingent And Inferred Valuation

Date Added: Mar 2011
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The authors examine inconsistencies in preference orderings of the "More is less" kind (Alevy et al. 2011) using the Contingent Valuation (CV) and the Inferred Valuation (IV) method (Lusk and Norwood 2009a, 2009b). They find that when moving in a familiar market for consumers (i.e., the food market) they only observe weak effects of inconsistencies. In addition, they find that the IV method is no better than the CV method in generating more consistent preference orderings. Surprisingly, they also find that the IV method generates higher valuations than CV, rendering one of its advantages of mitigating social desirability bias questionable.