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Self Confidence Spillovers and Motivated Beliefs

Ritwik Banerjee, Nabanita Datta Gupta () and Marie Claire Villeval ()

No 1806, Working Papers from Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon

Abstract: Is success in a task used strategically by individuals to motivate their beliefs prior to taking action in a subsequent, unrelated, task? Also, is the distortion of beliefs reinforced for individuals who have lower status in society? Conducting an artefactual field experiment in India, we show that success when competing in a task increases the performers’ self-confidence and competitiveness in the subsequent task. We also find that such spillovers affect the self-confidence of low-status individuals more than that of high-status individuals. Receiving good news under Affirmative Action, however, boosts confidence across tasks regardless of the caste status.

Keywords: Motivated beliefs; spillovers; self-confidence; competitiveness; Affirmative Action; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 J15 M52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cse, nep-exp and nep-lab
Date: 2018
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