Intrinsic Information Preferences and Skewness

40 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2018

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Yusufcan Masatlioglu

University of Michigan

A. Yesim Orhun

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Collin Raymond

Amherst College

Date Written: September 15, 2017

Abstract

We present experimental results from a broad investigation of intrinsic preferences for information. We examine whether people prefer negatively skewed or positively skewed information structures, and how individual preferences over the skewness and the degree of information relate to one another. The results reveal new insights regarding intrinsic preferences for information, including the possibility that positively skewed information structures may ameliorate information avoidance arising from a desire to preserve hope. We discuss our findings through the lens of existing theories.

JEL Classification: D80

Suggested Citation

Masatlioglu, Yusufcan and Orhun, A. Yesim and Raymond, Collin, Intrinsic Information Preferences and Skewness (September 15, 2017). Ross School of Business Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3232350

Yusufcan Masatlioglu

University of Michigan ( email )

611 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220
United States

A. Yesim Orhun (Contact Author)

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

Collin Raymond

Amherst College ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States

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