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Do Negative Economic Shocks Affect Cognitive Function, Adherence to Social Norms and Loss Aversion?

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  • Bogliacino, Francesco

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

  • Montealegre, Felipe

    (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

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Households are frequently subject to income and asset shocks. We performed a lab experiment, inducing losses on a real effort task, after which we measured cognitive performance, loss aversion and cheating behavior. We found that asset losses, but not income losses, act as a cognitive load, by decreasing accuracy and increasing response times. We did not detect any change in dishonesty or loss aversion.

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  • Bogliacino, Francesco & Montealegre, Felipe, 2020. "Do Negative Economic Shocks Affect Cognitive Function, Adherence to Social Norms and Loss Aversion?," SocArXiv y4zaw, Center for Open Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:osf:socarx:y4zaw
    DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/y4zaw
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    1. codagnone, cristiano & Bogliacino, Francesco & Gómez, Camilo Ernesto & Folkvord, F. & Liva, Giovanni & Charris, Rafael Alberto & Montealegre, Felipe & Lupiáñez-Villanueva, Francisco & Veltri, Giuseppe, 2020. "Restarting “normal” life after Covid-19 and the lockdown: Evidence from Spain, the United Kingdom, and Italy," SocArXiv vd4cq, Center for Open Science.

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