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Hyperbolic discounting may be time consistent

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  • Nicolas Drouhin

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    (Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan- Centre d''Economie de la Sorbonne - Paris School of Economics)

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Using dynamic programming methodology, the paper analyzes the most general conditions for an additive utility functional to represent time consistent preferences. It challenges the conventional wisdom of the domain, which, following Strotz(1956), assume that only exponential discounting is compatible with time consistent behavior. The paper gives some examples of special time consistent hyperbolic discount functions and also discuss the relation between time consistency and stationarity.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 29 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 2549-2555

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00453

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Keywords: intertemporal choice; consumption and saving; time consistency; time discounting; exponential discounting; hyperbolic discounting;

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  1. Harris, Christopher & Laibson, David, 2001. "Dynamic Choices of Hyperbolic Consumers," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 69(4), pages 935-57, July.
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Cited by:
  1. André Lapied & Olivier Renault, 2012. "An Investigation of Time Consistency for Subjective Discontinued Utility," Working Papers halshs-00793174, HAL.
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  3. repec:hal:wpaper:halshs-00748662 is not listed on IDEAS
  4. Orlando Gomes & Alexandra Ferreira-Lopes & Tiago Neves Sequeira, 2012. "Exponential Discounting Bias," Working Papers Series 2 12-05, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL).
  5. André Lapied & Olivier Renault, 2012. "A subjective discounted utility model," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(2), pages 1171-1179.

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