Loading...

A Psychological-Institutional Approach to Consumers’ Decision Making

by Felipe Almeida (Author)
Thesis 140 Pages

Summary

This study combines psychological fundamentals with Institutional Economics in order to understand relevant aspects of consumers’ decision making and firms’ behaviors in pursuit of benefiting from that knowledge. This study emphasizes that psychological fundamentals can offer more analytical insights to Institutional Economics. The psychological basics applied to an institutional analysis of consumers’ decision making are divided in two parts. One relies on the importance of instincts as motivation to consume, the other is based on cognition and vicarious observation as central aspects of consumers’ learning processes. A central argument of this study is illustrated by two cases: one explores how functional yogurt was introduced to Brazilian consumers and the other investigates the transference of objects of consumption from comic books to movies.

Details

Pages
140
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631635056
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 139 pp.

Biographical notes

Felipe Almeida (Author)

Felipe Almeida is professor of Heterodox Microeconimics at the Federal University of Pampa (Brazil). He holds a Major in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, an MPhil in Economics and a PhD in Economics from the Federal University of Parana. He was visiting researcher at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) from 2009 to 2010. His main fields of academic interest are Institutional Economics, Evolutionary Economics, consumers’ decision making and Economic Psychology.

Previous

Title: A Psychological-Institutional Approach to Consumers’ Decision Making