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Willpower and Personal Rules

  • Benabou, R.
  • Tirole, J.

Much of the literature on time inconsistency has studied the external commitment devices that individuals use to address their self-control problems: tying oneself to the mast, staying away from temptation, holding illiquid assets, or "asking controls" from others. This paper, by contrast, focuses on internal commitment mechanisms or personal rules (diets, exercices regiments, resolutions, moral or religious precepts, etc.) through which people attempt, to achieve self discipline.

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Paper provided by Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Public and International Affairs in its series Papers with number 216.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fth:priwpu:216
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