We study stochastic choice from lists. All lists present the same set of alternatives albeit in different orders. Faced with a list, the decision maker makes her choice in two stages. In the first stage she searches through the list till she sees k alternatives. In the second stage she chooses from the alternatives she has seen. Both k and the choice rule governing her second stage behavior are random. We show that the underlying primitives of our model are revealed by the decision maker's choice frequencies from lists. We characterize the model and two of its special cases. In the first special case the decision maker deterministically chooses the best observed alternative according to a given preference. In the second, the decision maker maximizes random preferences.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics
- Applied Mathematics