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How to measure time preferences in children: a comparison of two methods

Silvia Angerer, Philipp Lergetporer, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler () and Matthias Sutter ()
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Silvia Angerer: Institute for Advanced Studies Carinthia

Journal of the Economic Science Association, 2015, vol. 1, issue 2, No 4, 158-169

Abstract: Abstract We measure time preferences in a sample of 561 children aged 7–11 years. Using a within-subject design, we compare the behavior of our subjects using two distinct experimental measures of time preferences: a standard choice list with multiple decisions and a single choice time-investment-exercise requiring one decision only. We find that both measures yield very similar aggregate results, correlate significantly within subjects and can be explained by basically the same explanatory variables. Advantages and disadvantages of both measures are discussed. Our findings are relevant for the design of experiments to measure time preferences.

Keywords: Time preferences; Experiment; Method; Children (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B41 C91 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1007/s40881-015-0016-0

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