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Information nudges and self-control

Thomas Mariotti, Nikolaus Schweizer, Nora Szech and Jonas von Wangenheim

Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economics of Change from WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Abstract: We study the optimal design of information nudges for present-biased consumers who have to make sequential consumption decisions without exact prior knowledge of their long-term consequences. For arbitrary distributions of risk, there exists a consumer-optimal information nudge that is of cutoff type, recommending consumption or abstinence according to the magnitude of the risk. Under a stronger bias for the present, the target group receiving a credible signal to abstain must be tightened. We compare this nudge with those favored by a health authority or a lobbyist. When some consumers are more strongly present-biased than others, a traffic-light nudge is optimal.

Keywords: information design; information nudges; present-biased preferences; selfcontrol (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C73 D82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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