[VCEE Seminar] VCEE seminar 16.04.2021 online

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Dear members and friends of the VCEE,

You are invited to attend the VCEE seminar on Friday, April 16, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 hrs Vienna time.

We will have one speaker: Julia Nafziger (Aarhus University)

This seminar will be held online via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting:


*I invite you stay on after the talk to discuss the presented paper with Julia Nafziger.*

You'll need to install Zoom in order to join the seminar.

If you don't have Zoom already, you can simply click right now on the link above; you'll then be prompted to install it.
If you already have Zoom you can also use the following information:

Meeting ID: 882 4306 9732
Passcode: 5Xi5JS

If you need help, feel free to contact Philipp (philipp.kuelpmann at univie.ac.at <mailto:philipp.kuelpmann at univie.ac.at>).

The schedule is:
- 9:40: the waiting room opens
- 9:55: we let everyone into the seminar room
- 10:00--11:00: Presentation
- Afterwards open discussion with everyone

Here is more information about the talk:

*Title:*Self-Set Goals Are Effective Self-Regulation Tools - Despite Goal Revision

*Abstract:*A large literature considers goals as motivators. Yet, surprisingly little is known about how and why non-binding, self-set goals can be effective even though individuals could easily revise such goals. To investigate this question, we conduct an online, real-effort experiment in which subjects face a tedious but well-paying task.

Depending on the treatment, subjects either set a goal a few days before the task or right at the start of the task. In the former case, they may or may not be explicitly asked to revise their goal at the start of the task. Consistent with the hypothesis that goals are self-regulation tools, we observe that goals set before the task are larger than goals set at the start of the task. And they are effective: Holding the goal level constant, subjects work more when a goal was set a few days before the task than when it was set at the start of the task.

Importantly, these results arise even though subjects revise their initial goals. They do so no matter whether goal revision is made explicit or not - suggesting that unobserved goal revision is an important factor for the goal non-achievement often observed in experiments and real life.

Best regards,

Wieland Müller

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