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Present-Bias, Procrastination and Deadlines in a Field Experiment

Alberto Bisin, Kyle Hyndman

NBER Working Paper No. 19874
Issued in January 2014, Revised in April 2018

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We thank the Editor and two anonymous referees for exceptionally useful comments which lead us to a complete revision. 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 thank the Center for Experimental Social Science for their generous use of their lab. We have received very helpful comments from Gary Charness, Chetan Dave, John Duffy, Guillaume Frechette, Anett John, David Laibson, David Levine, Johanna Mollerstrom, Andy Schotter, and many seminar participants. 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 Center for Experimental Social Science (Bisin & Hyndman) and 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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