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Intrinsic Information Preferences and Skewness

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Yesim Orhun (University of Michigan, United States)
  • Field
    Behavioral Economics
  • Location
    University of Amsterdam, Room E0.03
  • Date and time

    May 19, 2022
    16:00 - 17:15

We present experimental results from a broad investigation of intrinsic preferences for information. We examine whether people prefer negatively skewed or positively skewed information structures, and how individual preferences over the skewness and the degree of information relate to one another. The results reveal new insights regarding intrinsic preferences for information, including the possibility that positively skewed information structures may ameliorate information avoidance arising from a desire to preserve hope. We discuss our findings through the lens of existing theories.