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Replication data for: Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan

Version
1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Blumenstock, Joshua
  • Callen, Michael
  • Ghani, Tarek
Publication Date
2018-10-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We report on an experiment examining why default options impact behavior. By randomly assigning employees to different varieties of a salary-linked savings account, we find that default enrollment increases participation by 40 percentage points—an effect equivalent to providing a 50% matching incentive. We then use a series of experimental interventions to differentiate between explanations for the default effect, which we conclude is driven largely by present-biased preferences and the cognitive cost of thinking through different savings scenarios. Default assignment also changes employees' attitudes toward saving, and makes them more likely to actively decide to save after the study concludes.
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20171676 (Text)
Publications
  • Blumenstock, Joshua, Michael Callen, and Tarek Ghani. “Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan.” American Economic Review 108, no. 10 (October 2018): 2868–2901. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20171676.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20171676 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-12-07

Blumenstock, Joshua; Callen, Michael; Ghani, Tarek (2018): Replication data for: Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E116198V1