Strategic self-ignorance

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title = "Strategic self-ignorance",
abstract = "We examine strategic self-ignorance—the use of ignorance as an excuse to over-indulge in pleasurable activities that may be harmful to one’s future self. Our model shows that guilt aversion provides a behavioral rationale for present-biased agents to avoid information about negative future impacts of such activities. We then confront our model with data from an experiment using prepared, restaurant-style meals—a good that is transparent in immediate pleasure (taste) but non-transparent in future harm (calories). Our results support the notion that strategic self-ignorance matters: nearly three of five subjects (58{\%}) chose to ignore free information on calorie content, leading at-risk subjects to consume significantly more calories. We also find evidence consistent with our model on the determinants of strategic self-ignorance.",
keywords = "Strategic ignorance, Calorie information avoidance, Guilt aversion, Selfcontrol, Strategic ignorance , Calorie information avoidance, Guilt aversion , Self-control, D03 , D81 , D83",
author = "Linda Thunstr{\"o}m and Jonas Nordstr{\"o}m and Shogren, {Jason F.} and Mariah Ehmke and {van't Veld}, Klaas",
year = "2016",
month = "4",
day = "15",
doi = "10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9",
language = "English",
volume = "52",
pages = "117--136",
journal = "Journal of Risk and Uncertainty",
issn = "1573-0476",
publisher = "Springer",
number = "2",