Revealed Preference Analysis with Framing Effects
40 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2014 Last revised: 7 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 1, 2018
In many settings, decision-makers' behavior is observed to vary based on seemingly arbitrary factors. Such framing effects cast doubt on the welfare conclusions drawn from revealed preference analysis. We relax the assumptions underlying that approach to accommodate settings in which framing effects are present. Plausible restrictions of varying strength permit either partial- or point-identification of preferences for the decision-makers who choose consistently across frames. Recovering population preferences requires understanding the empirical relationship between decision-makers’ preferences and their sensitivity to the frame. We develop tools for studying this relationship and illustrate them with data on automatic enrollment into pension plans.
Keywords: Revealed preferences; framing effects; behavioral economics; behavioral welfare analysis
JEL Classification: C10, D60, I30
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