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The Agricultural Origins of Time Preference

Oded Galor and Ömer Özak

No 2014-5, Working Papers from Brown University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This research explores the origins of the distribution of time preference across regions. It advances the hypothesis, and establishes empirically, that geographical variations in the incentives to delay consumption in favor of lucrative investment opportunities have had a persistent effect on the distribution of long-term orientation across societies. In particular, exploiting a natural experiment associated with the Columbian Exchange, the research establishes that agro-climatic characteristics in the pre-industrial era that were conducive to higher return to agricultural investment, triggered selection and learning processes that had a persistent positive effect on the prevalence of long-term orientation in the contemporary era.

Keywords: Time preference; Delayed Gratiffcation; Culture; Agriculture; Economic Development; Evolution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-gro and nep-his
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