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October 18th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Fortune cookies aside, you know you’re an economist if, rather than just get t-shirts printed like a normal human being, you design a survey to elicit preferences and estimate demand as part of the process. *sigh* So I am trying to move forward with t-shirts/sweatshirts/other textile items, and I need your help. Here’s a quick survey on your apparel preferences, and it would be super helpful for you to take a minute to fill it out regardless of whether or not you are interested in such items so that I have (somewhat) unbiased results. (I promise you are not the subject of a hidden economic experiment, though that would have been awesome.) Also, feel free to distribute the link, since the more information I can get the better. (If I had it my way, the shirts would be pink and bedazzled, but I have a sneaking suspicion that that might not be the most socially beneficial idea.)

Click Here to take the survey.

If you want to send the link to others, the URL is

To refresh your memory, the shirts would feature some version of the following graphic: (the modifications are outlined in the first question of the survey)

The survey will be open through Friday, October 23, and then I will figure out how best to move forward with the design and orders and such.

Tags: Administrative

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dave M. // Oct 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Gut response@ sentence 1:

    I dunno, Jodi. This business model didn’t do so well for Snakes on A Plane…

    :p 😀

  • 2 Stefanie // Oct 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I agree with the pink and bedazzled 😉

  • 3 econgirl // Oct 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I think I am going to put some sort of bedazzling on all of the girl apparel…it’ll be subtle, like to dot an i or something, but it’ll be there…

  • 4 Cait // Oct 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    You are not allowed to feel the same way about any two choices! Talk about revealed preferences…

  • 5 Joe // Oct 18, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    – Why exclude the website address entirely? Seems entirely counterintuitive to the marketing goals, unless you’re relying on the “where’d you get that shirt” factor (which may be effective).
    – I’ve mentioned this before: I think you’re too explicit with some of your puns, like putting quotation marks around “graphic” content. Leaving that off makes the joke *slightly* more subtle and probably more effective; i.e. have to invest a split second more time figuring it out, then feeling the reward of ‘getting it,’ then feeling a greater sense of involvement with the message and/or brand.

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  • 7 Gregorio Lancaster // Nov 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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