The omission bias may be able to partially explain why people, even when confronted with debt collection reminder communication, refrain from settling their claim. While the framing of a message has shown to be effective in unravelling certain cognitive biases and facilitating rational decision-making, little is known regarding the impact of the omission bias in this context. Therefore, based on debt collection agency (PAIR Finance) data, the present study explores the success of the Omission-to-Commission (O-to-C) framing as a communication strategy to counter the omission bias. Results of the natural field experiment indicate that implementing the (general) O-to-C framing in a reminder message increases reaction behaviour. When controlling for age, gender and debt size, debtors are significantly more likely to engage with a payment reminder if the O-to-C framing is used. Additionally, a significant interaction effect was found between the O-to-C framing and gender, showing that female consumers were more likely to react to the O-to-C framing than males. These findings indicate that reframing the act of non-payment as a deliberate choice `not to act' significantly increases reactions following a reminder message, with a stronger effect on female consumers.
|Title of host publication||Soziale Themen in Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftskommunikation: Social Issues in Corporate and Business Communication|
|Editors||Christopher M. Schmidt, Sabine Heinemann, Volker Markus Banholzer, Martin Nielsen, Florian U. Siems|
|Place of Publication||Wiesbaden|
|Publisher||Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2023|