Tom Sawyer and the Construction of Value
21 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2005
Date Written: July 2005
This paper challenges the common assumption that economic agents know their tastes. After reviewing previous research showing that valuation of ordinary products and experiences can be manipulated by non-normative cues, we present three studies showing that in some cases people do not even have a pre-existing sense of whether an experience is good or bad - even when they have experienced a sample of it.
Keywords: Preferences, preference uncertainty, coherent arbitrariness
JEL Classification: D00
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