Reason-based judgments : using reasons to decouple perceived price-quality correlation
Vlaev, Ivo, Chater, Nick, Lewis, Rich and Davies, Greg. (2009) Reason-based judgments : using reasons to decouple perceived price-quality correlation. Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol.30 (No.5). pp. 721-731. ISSN 0167-4870Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2009.06.003
Many models of consumer behaviour assume that people evaluate price and quality independently. However, evidence shows that consumers perceive price and quality as positively related even when they are weakly correlated in the real markets. This paper explores whether this perceived relationship can be cognitively de-coupled by providing explicit reasons why low price and high quality may be compatible. The participants were asked to rate existing stores and fictitious stores in a two-dimensional price-quality space. When the participants were given plausible reasons why the seemingly high quality fictitious stores could have lower than average prices, their judgement of the price-quality relationship was significantly less correlated than when these stores were judged without such reasons. Therefore, the demonstrated phenomenon of reason-based judgments can be used to attenuate the typical price-quality overestimation, or heuristic, which has important implications for decision making research and marketing practice. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Behavioural Science
Faculty of Science > Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Economic Psychology|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 721-731|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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