Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121376
Authors: 
Altmann, Steffen
Falk, Armin
Grunewald, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper 516
Abstract: 
The behavioral relevance of non-binding defaults is well established. While most research has focused on decision makers' responses to a given default, we argue that this individual decision making perspective is incomplete. Instead, a comprehensive understanding of default effects requires to take account of the strategic interaction between default setters and decision makers. We analyze theoretically and empirically which defaults emerge in such interactions, and under which conditions defaults are behaviorally most relevant. Our analysis demonstrates that the alignment of interests between default setters and decision makers, as well as their relative level of information are key drivers of default effects. In particular, default effects are more pronounced if the interests of the default setter and decision makers are more closely aligned. Moreover, decision makers are more likely to follow default options the less they are privately informed about the relevant decision environment.
Subjects: 
Default Options
Behavioral Economics
Strategic Communication
Laboratory Experiment
JEL: 
D03
D18
D83
C92
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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