Strategic self-ignorance

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Strategic self-ignorance. / Thunström, Linda; Nordström, Jonas; Shogren, Jason F.; Ehmke, Mariah; van't Veld, Klaas.

I: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 52, Nr. 2, 15.04.2016, s. 117-136.

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Thunström, L, Nordström, J, Shogren, JF, Ehmke, M & van't Veld, K 2016, 'Strategic self-ignorance', Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, vol. 52, nr. 2, s. 117-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

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Thunström, L., Nordström, J., Shogren, J. F., Ehmke, M., & van't Veld, K. (2016). Strategic self-ignorance. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 52(2), 117-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

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Thunström L, Nordström J, Shogren JF, Ehmke M, van't Veld K. 2016. Strategic self-ignorance. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 52(2):117-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

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Thunström L, Nordström J, Shogren JF, Ehmke M, van't Veld K. Strategic self-ignorance. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 2016 apr 15;52(2):117-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

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Thunström, Linda ; Nordström, Jonas ; Shogren, Jason F. ; Ehmke, Mariah ; van't Veld, Klaas. / Strategic self-ignorance. I: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 2016 ; Vol. 52, Nr. 2. s. 117-136.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Strategic self-ignorance

AU - Thunström, Linda

AU - Nordström, Jonas

AU - Shogren, Jason F.

AU - Ehmke, Mariah

AU - van't Veld, Klaas

PY - 2016/4/15

Y1 - 2016/4/15

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Strategic ignorance

KW - Calorie information avoidance

KW - Guilt aversion

KW - Selfcontrol

KW - Strategic ignorance

KW - Calorie information avoidance

KW - Guilt aversion

KW - Self-control

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UR - http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

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DO - 10.1007/s11166-016-9236-9

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VL - 52

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EP - 136

JO - Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

T2 - Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

JF - Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

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