Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222124
Authors: 
Grohmann, Antonia
Koch, Melanie
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper 227
Abstract: 
A number of studies show that there is a link between social comparison and high levels of household debt. However, the exact mechanisms behind this link are not yet well understood. In this paper, we perform a lab experiment designed to study the eff ects of social image concerns and peer information on consumption choices that can be financed through debt taking. We find that having to announce one's consumption decision publicly leads to leaving money on the table, which is the opposite of what we expected. Being informed about other participants' choices leads to conformity in choices between participants.
Subjects: 
Household Finance
Lab experiment
Social Comparison
Peer Effects
JEL: 
D14
D12
D91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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