Events at CERGE-EI

Monday, 4 February, 2019 | 13:00 | Micro Theory Research Seminar

Andrej Woerner (Job Talk) “Overcoming Time Inconsistency with a Matched Bet: Theory and Evidence from Exercising”

Andrej Woerner

CREED, The University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Author: Andrej Woerner

Abstract: This paper introduces the matched-bet mechanism. The matched bet is an easily applicable and strictly budget-balanced mechanism that aims to help people overcome time-inconsistent behavior. I show theoretically that offering a matched bet helps both sophisticated and naive procrastinators reduce time-inconsistent behavior. I conduct a field experiment to test the matched-bet mechanism in a natural area of application: exercising. My experimental results confirm the theoretical predictions: offering a matched bet has a significant positive effect on gym attendance. Self-reported procrastinators are significantly more likely to take up the matched bet. Overall, the matched bet proves a promising device to help people exercise more. I discuss how a matched bet could also be implemented in other areas such as academic performance, weight loss and smoking cessation.
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Full Text:  “Overcoming Time Inconsistency with a Matched Bet: Theory and Evidence from Exercising”