Salience and Taxation: Salience Effect vs. Knowledge Effect
9 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 5, 2012
Posting tax-inclusive price tags on grocery products can reduce demand through an information effect that corrects consumers who misperceive the actual tax status. We disentangle the information effect from the salience effect developed by Chetty, Looney, and Kroft (2009, CLK for short). By utilizing CLK’s survey finding that 20% of shoppers mistakenly think there is no sales tax on toothpaste, we show that the information effect actually explains 31% of the sales drop in CLK’s field study. Therefore, ignoring the information effect may overestimate the salience effect by a large degree.
Keywords: demand, information effect, sales tax, salience effect, taxation
JEL Classification: H71, H25, D12
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