Measuring Welfare with Massive Online Choice Experiments: A Brief Introduction

AEA Papers and Proceedings, Vol.108: 473-76, 2018.

6 Pages Posted: 1 May 2018 Last revised: 22 Mar 2019

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Erik Brynjolfsson

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Stanford

Felix Eggers

University of Groningen

Avinash Collis

University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business

Date Written: May 1, 2018

Abstract

GDP is a measure of production and yet it is widely used as a proxy for well-being. It is particularly ill-suited for assessing the contributions of digital goods which are free to consumers and thus excluded from GDP measures. This underscores the need to develop new measures of well-being which can assess not only the contributions of digital goods but also welfare more generally. In Brynjolfsson, Eggers, and Gannamaneni (2017), we propose a new way of measuring consumer welfare using massive online choice experiments. This brief paper motivates the need for such an approach and introduces the method.

Suggested Citation

Brynjolfsson, Erik and Eggers, Felix and Collis, Avinash, Measuring Welfare with Massive Online Choice Experiments: A Brief Introduction (May 1, 2018). AEA Papers and Proceedings, Vol.108: 473-76, 2018., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3169662

Erik Brynjolfsson

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Felix Eggers

University of Groningen

Avinash Collis (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business ( email )

Austin, TX
United States

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