NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Present-Bias, Procrastination and Deadlines in a Field Experiment

Alberto Bisin, Kyle Hyndman

NBER Working Paper No. 19874
Issued in January 2014

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Anne Stubing, Aditya Bhandari, Margaret Ford, Taylor McBride, and Daniel Vaughan for their excellent help with the experiments; Nicholas DePinto, Chardonnay Phelan, and Severine Toussaert for their research assistance; and Anwar Ruff for his programming expertise. We have received very helpful comments from Gary Charness, Chetan Dave, John Duffy, David Laibson, David Levine, Johanna Mollerstrom, seminar participants at University of Texas at Dallas, European University Institute, Harvard University, New York University, University of Barcelona, University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland, as well as conference participants at the Economic Science Association and the European Economic Association. Thanks also to Dan Ariely for kindly providing us with the data regarding his seminal experiment on procrastination with Klaus Wertenbroch. Financial support from Southern Methodist University (Hyndman) and from the C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics (Bisin) is gratefully acknowledged. 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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