Trigger Foods: The Influence of “Irrelevant†Alternatives in School Lunchrooms

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Hanks, Andrew S.; Just, David R.; Wansink, Brian;
  • Subject: independence of irrelevant alternatives, linear probability model, child nutrition programs, food selection, Ã la carte item, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Health Economics and Policy, Institutional and Behavioral Economics,

Rational choice theory commonly assumes that the presence of unselected choices cannot impact which among the remaining choices is selected–-often referred to as “independence of irrelevant alternatives.†We show that such seemingly irrelevant alternatives influence ... View more
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