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23 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 December 2008 02:26AM

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Comment author: billswift 27 November 2009 06:01:51AM 7 points [-]

Apparently paradox of choice is rarely a factor and may not even be real; Tyler just put this up on Marginal Revolution http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2009/11/the-paradox-of-choice-is-not-robust.html

Comment author: RobinZ 27 November 2009 03:23:20PM *  5 points [-]

Quick summary: the paradox of choice suggests that offering more options discourages people from making any selection, and reduces their satisfaction with their ultimate choice when they do. The research that Tyler Cowen cites suggests that there is no significant effect.