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Soft commitment: a study on demand and compliance

Dan Anderberg, Claudia Cerrone () and Arnaud Chevalier

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 16, 1140-1146

Abstract: This article explores the demand for soft, self-imposed commitment, and subsequent compliance behaviour, using a framed field study in a higher education setting. We find a substantial soft commitment demand and a remarkably high failure to comply with the chosen commitment. Students are more likely to demand soft commitment if they expect the task to be more time-consuming and their relative performance to be lower. Failure to comply is associated with previous grade and personality traits. We find no evidence that soft commitment affects grades.

Date: 2018
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