Experimental and non-experimental evidence on limited attention and present bias at the gym
Paul Muller () and
Wolfgang Habla ()
No 743, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics
We show that limited attention and present bias contribute to low levels of exercise. First, in a large randomized experiment, we find that email reminders increase gym visits by 13 % and that they benefit nearly all types of individuals. Limited attention can explain these effects. Second, using a novel dataset, we find that many bookings for gym classes are canceled, and that bookings are made even for classes that never have a waiting list. Comparing these findings to the predictions of a dynamic discrete choice model, we conclude that many gym members use bookings to commit themselves to future attendance.
Keywords: health behaviour; randomized experiment; reminders; nudging; habit formation; limited attention; time inconsistency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D91 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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