January 28, 2022

Nudging in complex environments

We study the effects of reminder nudges using a novel experimental approach based on a computer game. The game exposes subjects to a complex environment in which they have to pay attention to and perform multiple, different kinds of actions within a short period of time. The set-up allows us

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January 28, 2022

Malfunctioning institutions erode good behavior

This paper studies whether malfunctioning institutions erode good behavior. We use a large-scale online experiment, in which participants play a repeated observed cheating game. When we ask participants to report honestly and promise no control, we find low cheating rates. When control of truthful reporting is introduced, low cheating rates

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December 8, 2021

Fairness Across the World: preferences and beliefs

The paper reports from a large-scale study of people’s fairness preferences and beliefs, where 65 000 individuals from 60 countries make real distributive choices. We establish causal evidence on the role of the source of inequality and efficiency considerations for inequality acceptance, and we provide a rich description of people’s

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October 27, 2021

Nudge Me! The response to and demand for healthy habit reminders

An extensive literature documents that reminders can increase beneficial habits, but that they occasionally lead to reactance. To better understand when reminders are beneficial, this paper analyzes three mechanisms of reminders, temporary increase in attention to a task, change in beliefs about the task, and emotional utility from doing the

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