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Applied Micro Workshop – Christian Apenbrink, “Motivated Beliefs and Self-Control”

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Christian Apenbrink and Timo Freyer: “Motivated Beliefs and Self-Control” We propose a laboratory experiment to test the hypothesis that people form motivated beliefs about the marginal benefit of effort to exert self-control. Subjects repeatedly make decisions about the number of real-effort tasks they want to complete for an uncertain future piece-rate wage. In two experimental conditions, we exogenously vary the capability of motivated beliefs to increase subjects’ effort provision, keeping other motives for belief distortion constant. We also elicit individual-level measures of self-control problems under accurate beliefs and preferences for commitment to analyze whether treatment effects are indeed driven by subjects in need of self-control. The proposal is complemented with data from a small pilot experiment to check whether our preferred experimental paradigm is suitable for a test of our research question.

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When Jun 28, 2019
from 10:30 to 11:45
Where briq, Seminar Room 9/1.1, Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 9
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