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Self-control: Knowledge or perishable resource?

Marco Palma (), Michelle Segovia (), Bachir Kassas (), Luis Ribera () and Charles R. Hall

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2018, vol. 145, issue C, 80-94

Abstract: The self-control literature suggests two main short-run models with contradictory predictions. By perceiving self-control as a knowledge or perishable resource, those models report a positive and negative impact, respectively, of an initial self-control act on subsequent self-control ability. Using biometric data to monitor compliance enabled us to develop a unified self-control model, reconciling the diverging results in the literature. We find evidence of a dual impact of an initial self-control act on subsequent impulse buying self-control ability. Specifically, while an initial moderate self-control act enhances subsequent self-control ability, exerting self-control beyond a certain threshold causes fatigue reducing subsequent self-control ability.

Keywords: Biometrics; Ego depletion; Self-regulation; Unified model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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