This paper introduces the theoretical and statistical foundations of contingent grouping, a variant of attribute-based stated preference methods, and checks for its implementation difficulty. Respondents are asked to simply group a number of alternatives as better or worse than a baseline or the status quo situation. A Monte Carlo approach shows that it performs statistically better than contingent choice according to the MSE criterion, and worse than contingent ranking, while a case study suggests that contingent grouping is less difficult to answer than contingent ranking. Furthermore, contingent choice shows a greater consistency in preferences with contingent grouping than with contingent ranking. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
|Journal||Resource and Energy Economics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2011|
- Choice modeling
- Cognitive burden
- Contingent grouping