Asher Blass

ERCG, Ltd.
Jerusalem, Israel


NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2008Using Elicited Choice Probabilities to Estimate Random Utility Models: Preferences for Electricity Reliability
with Saul Lach, Charles F. Manski: w14451
When data on actual choices are not available, researchers studying preferences sometimes pose choice scenarios and ask respondents to state the actions they would choose if they were to face these scenarios. The data on stated choices are then used to estimate random utility models, as if they are data on actual choices. Stated choices may differ from actual ones because researchers typically provide respondents with less information than they would have facing actual choice problems. Elicitation of choice probabilities overcomes this problem by permitting respondents to express uncertainty about their behavior. This paper shows how to use elicited choice probabilities to estimate random utility models with random coefficients and applies the methodology to estimate preferences for electr...

Published: Asher A. Blass & Saul Lach & Charles F. Manski, 2010. "Using Elicited Choice Probabilities To Estimate Random Utility Models: Preferences For Electricity Reliability," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 51(2), pages 421-440, 05. citation courtesy of

December 1999The Choice of Organizational Form in Gasoline Retailing and The Costs of Laws Limiting that Choice
with Dennis W. Carlton: w7435
This paper uses a new data source to analyze the choice of organizational form of retail gasoline stations. In recent years, gasoline stations have tended to be less likely to be owned and operated by a lessee dealer and more likely to be owned and operated by the refiner. Critics have alleged that company-operated stations are used to drive lessee dealer stations out of business in order to restrict competition. We examine the determinants of organizational form and find them to be based on efficiency not predatory concerns. We estimate the costs of recent laws prohibiting company ownership of gasoline stations.

Published: Blass, Asher A. and Dennis W. Carlton. "The Choice Of Organizational Form In Gasoline Retailing And The Cost Of Laws That Limit Choice," Journal of Law and Economics, 2001, v44(2,Oct), 511-524.

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