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A direct test of hyperbolic discounting using market asset data

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  • Salois, Matthew J.
  • Moss, Charles B.

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This paper introduces a framework that generalizes exponential discounting in a net present value model by including a quasi-hyperbolic discount parameter in the asset valuation equation. Using observed market asset data, a statistically significant quasi-hyperbolic parameter is obtained, thus rejecting exponential discounting.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 112 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 290-292

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:3:p:290-292

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Keywords: Exponential discounting Farmland values Generalized method of moments Net present value Quasi-hyperbolic discounting Time preferences;

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