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Replication data for: Soft Commitments, Reminders, and Academic Performance

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Himmler, Oliver
  • Jäckle, Robert
  • Weinschenk, Philipp
Publication Date
2019-04-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We provide first evidence that a soft commitment device enhances progress in education and, more generally, improves the completion of complex tasks—such as passing exams. In our field experiment, students can sign a nonbinding agreement and commit to staying on track for graduation. We find that those who were offered the soft commitment device are more likely to sign up for, take part in, and pass exams. A pure reminder treatment does not change behavior, which suggests that the effects are not driven by increased salience. We also show that procrastinators benefit most from the commitment device.
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.20170288 (Text)
Publications
  • Himmler, Oliver, Robert Jäckle, and Philipp Weinschenk. “Soft Commitments, Reminders, and Academic Performance.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 11, no. 2 (April 2019): 114–42. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20170288.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.20170288 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Himmler, Oliver; Jäckle, Robert; Weinschenk, Philipp (2019): Replication data for: Soft Commitments, Reminders, and Academic Performance. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113725