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Title: Egbert, H. & Mengov, G. (2009) Satisfaction and disappointment in consumer choices – an experiment
Authors: Egbert, Henrik
Mengov, George
Keywords: Consumer choices
Hedonic treadmill
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2013
Abstract: This article investigates the role that emotions play in economic decisions. In a computer-based experiment, our participants were the consumers of a fictitious service bearing resemblance to what the mobile phone operators’ offer. In each of 17 rounds, a participant had to choose between retaining the current supplier or changing it with a competitor, based on information about expected and actual prices to be paid. We recorded participants’ self-assessed satisfaction or disappointment on a psychometric scale. Logit models are used to explain and predict individual choices based on prices, previous decisions, and emotions. Our findings show that the prediction of choice is significantly better if information about the participants’ emotions is considered. We analyse how disrupted satisfaction treadmills make people feel disappointed at the face of financial discount, and mildly satisfied, when they have to pay more than expected.
Description: Egbert, H. & Mengov, G. (2009) Satisfaction and disappointment in consumer choices – an experiment. Psychological Research, 4, 71-80.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10506/998
Appears in Collections:Statistics and Econometrics / Статистика и иконометрия

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