DP13232 Revealed Preference Analysis with Framing Effects

Author(s): Jacob Goldin, Daniel Reck
Publication Date: October 2018
Date Revised: October 2018
Keyword(s): Behavioral economics, behavioral welfare analysis, framing effects, revealed preferences
JEL(s): C10, D60, I30
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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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 understand- ing 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.