Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 167–177 | Cite as

Design of Stated Preference Surveys: Is There More to Learn from Behavioral Economics?



We discuss the design of stated preference (SP) surveys in light of findings in behavioral economics such as context dependence of preferences, learning, and differences between revealed and normative preferences. More specifically, we discuss four different areas: (1) revealed and normative preferences, (2) learning and constructed preferences, (3) context dependence, and (4) hypothetical bias. We argue that SP methods would benefit from adapting to some of the findings in behavioral economics, but also that behavioral economics may gain insights from studying SP methods.


Stated preferences Behavioral economics 

JEL Classification

C91 D03 H4 Q51 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and LawUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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