Personalized Communication and Repayment

Project Start:10/2022
Researchers:Christine Laudenbach, Lena Liebich
Area: Household Finance
Funded by:FIRM

The project aims to investigate how different communication strategies can be used to motivate defaulting debtors to pay their bills. The starting point is the consideration that digitalization leads to less direct customer contact, which in turn reduces the willingness to pay. Depending on the type of person, debtors would need to be approached in different ways to motivate them to repay. An experiment is conducted with 1000 customers of a debt collection company. Different methods of approaching different types of customers will be tested and the impact on their payment behavior will be investigated. In a final step, the participants will be asked ex-post to what extent the communication strategy has influenced their payment behavior. 
Project leader: Christine Laudenbach 
Project duration: 2 years 
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