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Some insights on procrastination: a curse or a productive art?

Leonardo Becchetti, Nazaria Solferino () and Maria Elisabetta Tessitore ()
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Nazaria Solferino: Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit, Postal: P.le della Vittoria, 15, 47121 Forlì,, http://www.aiccon.it
Maria Elisabetta Tessitore: Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit, Postal: P.le della Vittoria, 15, 47121 Forlì,, http://www.aiccon.it

No 135-2014, AICCON Working Papers from Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit

Abstract: The choice between performing a task today or procrastinating it until tomorrow or later is the building block of any economic action. In our paper we aim to enrich the theoretical literature on procrastination by outlining conditions for bad and good procrastination and looking at the special cases of pathological procrastination, the curse of perfectionism and productive procrastination. We discuss how our theoretical framework may be applied to explain different types of (education, investment and production) microeconomic decisions and which policy measures can be taken to avoid bad procrastination.

Keywords: Time-Inconsistent Preferences; Optimal Eort; Procrastination; Intertemporal Choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 D03 D11 D74 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2014-03-17
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