Does Confidence Predict Out-of-Domain Effort?
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-055
29 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 23, 2015
Predicting worker’s effort is important in many different areas, but is often difficult. Using a laboratory experiment, we test the hypothesis that confidence, i.e. the person-specific beliefs about her abilities, can be used as a generic proxy to predict future effort provision. We measure confidence in the domain of financial knowledge in three different ways (self-assessed knowledge, probability-based confidence, and incentive-compatible confidence) and find a positive relation with actual effort provision in an unrelated domain. Additional analysis shows that the findings are independent of a person’s traits such as gender, age, and nationality.
Keywords: Real-effort task, financial literacy, overconfidence
JEL Classification: G11, J22
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