Doing it when others do: a strategic model of procrastination

Cerrone, Claudia ORCID: (2021) Doing it when others do: a strategic model of procrastination. Economic Inquiry, 59 (1) . pp. 315-328. ISSN 0095-2583 [Article] (doi:10.1111/ecin.12928)

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This paper develops a strategic model of procrastination in which present‐biased agents prefer to perform an onerous task with someone else. This turns their decision of when to perform the task into a procrastination game - a dynamic coordination game between present‐biased players. The model characterizes the conditions under which interaction mitigates or exacerbates procrastination. A procrastinator matched with a worse procrastinator may perform her task earlier than she otherwise would: she wants to avoid the increased temptation that her peer's company would generate. Procrastinators can thus use bad company as a commitment device to mitigate their self‐control problem.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 30771
Notes on copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Economic Inquiry published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Western Economic Association International.
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Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2020 07:35
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 15:44

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