A random attention model

Matias D. Cattaneo, Xinwei Ma, Yusufcan Masatlioglu, Elchin Suleymanov

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This paper illustrates how one can deduce preference from observed choices when attention is both limited and random. We introduce a random attention model where we abstain from any particular attention formation and instead consider a large class of nonparametric random attention rules. Our intuitive condition, monotonic attention, captures the idea that each consideration set competes for the decision maker’s attention. We then develop a revealed preference theory and obtain testable implications. We propose econometric methods for identification, estimation, and inference for the revealed preferences. Finally, we provide a general-purpose software implementation of our estimation and inference results and simulation evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2796-2836
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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    Cattaneo, M. D., Ma, X., Masatlioglu, Y., & Suleymanov, E. (2020). A random attention model. Journal of Political Economy, 128(7), 2796-2836. https://doi.org/10.1086/706861