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Is Attention Produced Rationally?

Erin T. Bronchetti, Judd B. Kessler, Ellen B. Magenheim, Dmitry Taubinsky, Eric Zwick

NBER Working Paper No. 27443
Issued in June 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank Stephen O’Connell, Devin Pope, Andrew Caplin, Mark Dean, three grant reviewers at the Russell Sage Foundation, and seminar participants for helpful comments and advice. We thank Alexander Hirsch and Caleb Wroblewski for excellent research assistance. We gratefully acknowledge Mike Walmsley and CodeAvengers.com for their support with the education experiment. We gratefully acknowledge research funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, Swarthmore College, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wharton Behavioral Lab. The first experiment was approved by the Swarthmore (covering Haverford and Muhlenberg), Bryn Mawr, Lafayette, and Ursinus IRBs, numbers: 14-15-065, R17-042, AY1617-12, 01-18-17. The second experiment was approved by the University of Pennsylvania IRB, number 832335. The opinions expressed in this paper are solely the authors’, and do not necessarily reflect the views of any individual or institution listed above, nor of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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