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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:40am to 1:10pm
Uris Hall, 498
Collin Raymond - Purdue University
Abstract: We present experimental results from a broad investigation of intrinsic preferences for information. We examine whether people prefer negatively skewed or positively skewed information structures, and how individual preferences over the skewness and the degree of information relate to one another. The results reveal new insights regarding intrinsic preferences for information, including the possibility that positively skewed information structures may ameliorate information avoidance arising from a desire to preserve hope. We discuss our ﬁndings through the lens of existing theories.