Framing to reduce present bias in infrastructure design intentions

iScience. 2022 Feb 19;25(3):103954. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.103954. eCollection 2022 Mar 18.


Infrastructure professionals (N = 261) were randomly assigned to either a future or present-framed project description and asked to recommend design attributes for an infrastructure project. The future-framed condition led professionals to propose a significantly longer infrastructure design life, useful life to the community, and acceptable return on financial investment. The findings suggest a straightforward and inexpensive way to lessen present bias in various design contexts.

Keywords: Civil engineering; Construction engineering; Interdisciplinary application studies; Sociology.