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The Shape of Temptation: Implications for the Economic Lives of the Poor

Abhijit Banerjee, Sendhil Mullainathan

NBER Working Paper No. 15973
Issued in May 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to Doug Bernheim, Pierre-Andre Chiappori, Esther Duflo, David Laibson, Dilip Mookherjee, Adriana Lleras-Muney, Ben Polak, Matthew Rabin and seminar participants at BREAD, Cornell, Columbia, Bocconi, Stanford, Warwick, Yale, Princeton, UCLA, Harvard, MIT, Pompeu Fabra, Unviversidad Carlos III de Madrid, The Trento Summer School on Behavioral Economics, and Boston University for extremely helpful comments. We are particularly grateful to Daniel Benjamin and Ted O'Donoghue for posing challenges on an earlier draft that led to significant changes in this one and to Arun Chandrasekhar and Emily Breza for superb research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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