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Reversal and magnitude effects in long-term time preferences: Results from a field experiment

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  • Bocquého, Géraldine
  • Jacquet, Florence
  • Reynaud, Arnaud

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We use a multiple price list approach with real payments to elicit long-term time preferences on a sample of French farmers. Elicited individual discount rates vary with the time delay, which supports the existence of a reversal effect in long-term time preferences, and increase with rewards, which contradicts the usual magnitude effect finding.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 120 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 108-111

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:1:p:108-111

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Keywords: Time preferences; Experimental economics; Discounting; Farmers; France;

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