Experimental and non-experimental evidence on limited attention and present bias at the gym


Muller, Paul ; Habla, Wolfgang


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/46998
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-469984
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 18-041
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C93 , D91 , I12,
Keywords (English): Health behavior , randomized experiment , reminders , nudging , habit formation , limited attention , time inconsistency
Abstract: 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.

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Muller, Paul ; Habla, Wolfgang (2018) Experimental and non-experimental evidence on limited attention and present bias at the gym. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 18-041 [Working paper]
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