The value of souvenirs: Endowment effect and religion
Souvenir purchases has emerged as an important area of research in tourism studies. We investigate tourists’ attachment to souvenirs based on religion, type, and place of purchase, and analyze the endowment effect. We asked 3325 Jewish and Christian tourists visiting Israel to estimate the price they would pay/accept for three types of souvenir: Jewish, Christian, and general souvenirs. Overall, we found an endowment effect toward most of the souvenirs. The results demonstrated that religion, type, and place of purchase affected the valuation of the items. The endowment effect was higher for the Jewish group than for their non-Jewish counterparts. These results demonstrate that tourists’ perceptions of souvenirs are shaped not only by their utility, but also by their meaningfulness.