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Soft Commitments, Reminders and Academic Performance

Oliver Himmler (), Robert Jaeckle and Philipp Weinschenk
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Robert Jäckle ()

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Abstract: A large share of students in higher education graduates with delay or fails to obtain a degree at all. In our field experiment, students can sign a non-binding agreement and self-commit to staying on track for graduation. We provide first evidence that soft commitment devices can enhance educational progress and -- more generally -- improve the completion of complex tasks such as passing exams. A pure reminder treatment does not change behavior, suggesting that the effects are not driven by increased salience. As predicted by a simple decision model, we show that procrastinators benefit most from the soft commitment device.

Keywords: Commitment Device; Reminder; Procrastination; Education; Field Experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D03 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-01-23
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