The Impact of Personal Experience on Behavior: Evidence From Video-Rental Fines
decisions following descriptions versus experience
Other Social and Behavioral Sciences
Personal experience matters. In a field setting with longitudinal data, we disentangle the effects of learning new information from the effects of personal experience. We demonstrate that experience with a fine, controlling for the effect of learning new information, significantly boosts future compliance. We also show that experience with a large fine boosts compliance more than experience with a small fine, but that the influence of experience with both large and small fines decays sharply over time.