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April 2, 2010

pricing anomaly

PRICING ANOMALIES IN THE MARKET FOR DIAMONDS: EVIDENCE OF CONFORMIST BEHAVIOR
FRANK SCOTT and AARON YELOWITZ
Economic Inquiry 2010
The abstract is:
Some goods are consumed not just for their intrinsic utility but also for the impression their consumption has on others. We analyze the market for such a commodity—diamonds. We collect data on price and other attributes from the inventories of three large online retailers of diamonds. We find that people are willing to pay premiums upward of 18% for a diamond that is one-half carat rather than slightly less than a half carat and between 5% and 10% for a one-carat rather than a slightly less than one-carat stone. Since a major portion of larger gem-quality diamonds are used for engagement rings, such an outcome is consistent with Bernheim's model of conformism, where individuals try to conform to a single standard of behavior that is often established at a focal point. In this case, prospective grooms signal their desirability as a mate by the size of the diamond engagement ring they give their fiancees.

focal pointなのね :-)

ちなみに,僕が買ったときは,品質の鑑定(比較)ができてしまうのを見て,店員さんにびびられたv よく見れば色の違いとか分かると思うんだけど,一般通常人には違いが分からないらしい。

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