Economics Research Seminar
Working Over Time: Dynamic Inconsistency in Real Effort Tasks
Sponsored by: Economics Department
Speaker(s): Charels Sprenger, Ph.D., Stanford University
Date & Time: Friday, March 20, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Experimental tests of dynamically inconsistent time preferences have largely relied
on choices over time-dated monetary rewards. Several recent studies have failed to find the standard patterns of present bias. However, such monetary studies contain often-discussed confounds. In this paper, we sidestep these confounds and investigate choices over consumption (real eort) in a longitudinal experiment. We pair this effort study with a companion monetary discounting study. We confirm very limited time inconsistency in monetary choices. However, subjects show considerably more present bias in effort. Furthermore, present bias in the allocation of work has predictive power for demand of a meaningfully binding commitment device. Therefore our findings validate a key implication of models of dynamic inconsistency, with corresponding policy implications.
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