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The implications of daylight saving time: A quasi-natural experiment on cognitive performance and risk taking behaviour

Markus Schaffner, Jayanta Sarkar (), Benno Torgler and Uwe Dulleck ()

Economic Modelling, 2018, vol. 70, issue C, 390-400

Abstract: This article explores the effects of transition to daylight saving time (DST) on economically relevant behavioural measures – cognitive performance and risk-taking behaviour. Using a unique quasi-experimental design, we exploit the exogenous ‘treatment’ that the New South Wales residents are subjected to when their clock time is moved forward by an hour relative to the Queensland in springtime. The participants in our study are homogeneous with similar demographic and socio-economic conditions, which allows suitable comparison of the affected versus unaffected individuals over time. The results suggest that exposure to the DST transition does not significantly impact cognitive performance or risk-taking behaviour.

Keywords: D81; C93; C21; I1; Daylight saving time; Risk-taking behaviour; Cognitive performance; Quasi-natural experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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