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Welfare, freedom of choice and composite utility in the logit model
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Optimization .
2005 (English)In: Social Choice and Welfare, ISSN 0176-1714, E-ISSN 1432-217X, Vol. 24, no 3, 509-525 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Discrete choice models characterize the alternatives in the choice set by utilities/attributes. The decision making is described by a probability distribution over the choice set. In this paper we introduce a welfare measure based on expected payoff and expected freedom of choice for the simple one parameter logit model. In this case the welfare measure turns out to be the so called composite utility. This means that the composite utility can be interpreted as the combined benefit of expected payoff and expected freedom of choice. The proposed welfare measure can be extended to the linear-in-parameters logit model and nested logit models and others. The proposed welfare measure is formulated in terms of the choice probability distribution. It depends on the form of the probabilities, but not on any particular derivation of the distribution.

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2005. Vol. 24, no 3, 509-525 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-30234DOI: 10.1007/s00355-004-0313-7Local ID: 15738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-30234DiVA: diva2:251056
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2017-12-13

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