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Self-Rewards and Personal Motivation

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  • Alexander K. Koch,

    () (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Julia Nafziger

    () (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Anton Suvorov

    (CEFIR and New Economic School)

  • Jeroen van de Ven

    (University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)

Abstract

Self-administered rewards are ubiquitous. They serve as incentives for personal accomplishments and are widely recommended to increase personal motivation. We show that in a model with time-inconsistent and reference-dependent preferences, self-rewards can be a credible and effective tool to overcome self-control problems. We also characterize the type of self-rewards that can be used, such as vice goods and virtue goods, and analyze which types of goods will be preferred by the individual.

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  • Alexander K. Koch, & Julia Nafziger & Anton Suvorov & Jeroen van de Ven, 2012. "Self-Rewards and Personal Motivation," Economics Working Papers 2012-14, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
  • Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2012-14
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    Keywords

    Quasi-hyperbolic discounting; reference-dependent preferences; loss aversion; self-control; self-rewards; goals;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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