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Passive choices and cognitive spillovers / Steffen Altmann (University of Copenhagen and IZA), Andreas Grunewald (Goethe University Frankfurt), Jonas Radbruch (University of Bonn and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAltmann, Steffen ; Grunewald, Andreas ; Radbruch, Jonas
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, May 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12337
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-190733 
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Passive behavior is ubiquitous - even when facing various alternatives to choose from, people commonly fail to take decisions. This paper provides evidence on the cognitive foundations of such "passive choices" and studies implications for policies that encourage active decision-making. In an experiment designed to study passive behavior, we document three main results. First, we demonstrate that scarcity of cognitive resources leads to passive behavior. Second, policies that encourage active choice succeed in reducing passivity and improve decisions in the targeted domain. Third, however, these benefits of choicepromoting policies come at the cost of negative cognitive spillovers to other domains.