Department of Economics and Business Economics

Self Confidence Spillovers and Motivated Beliefs

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  • Ritwik Banerjee, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
  • Nabanita Datta Gupta
  • Marie Claire Villeval, University of Lyon, France
Is success in a task used strategically by individuals to motivate their beliefs prior to taking action in a subsequent, unrelated, task? Also, is the distortion of beliefs reinforced for individuals who have lower status in society? Conducting an artefactual field experiment in India, we show that success when competing in a task increases the performers’ self-confidence and competitiveness in the subsequent task. We also find that such spillovers affect the self-confidence of low-status individuals more than that of high-status individuals. Receiving good news under Affirmative Action, however, boosts confidence across tasks regardless of the caste status.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages61
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2018
SeriesEconomics Working Papers

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