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Are Do Not Include Statements Helpful?

Monica Dashen

Abstract

The present work investigated how helpful “do not include“ statements (DNI), instructions to exclude certain items from categories, are to respondents’ decision making. Study participants were asked to consult an industry description and determine whether the descriptions accurately reflected a business described in an accompanying scenario. Some industry descriptions contained “do not include“ statements while others did not. Accuracy measures were tabulated. The observed findings indicate that