Are Food Choices Really Habitual? Integrating Habits, Variety‐Seeking, and Compensatory Choice in a Utility‐Maximizing Framework

25 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020

Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

Given the large number of food choices that consumers make each day it seems likely that they will adopt decision strategies that minimize cognitive effort. To examine this issue, we develop a conceptual and empirical model of habitual choice, and the factors that result in transitions to two strategies other than habitual selection: utility‐maximizing choice and a variety‐seeking strategy. Our approach provides an alternative to traditional state dependence methods used in this type of panel data. We apply this framework to the choice of two food products that illustrate the heterogeneity across types of products in decision strategies and routine choice patterns.

Keywords: Choice modeling, consumer packaged goods, food choices, habits, habitual behavior, panel data, routine, variety-seeking

Suggested Citation

Adamowicz, Wiktor L. (Vic), Are Food Choices Really Habitual? Integrating Habits, Variety‐Seeking, and Compensatory Choice in a Utility‐Maximizing Framework (January 2013). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 95, Issue 1, pp. 17-41, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3572296 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aas078

Wiktor L. (Vic) Adamowicz (Contact Author)

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