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Learning and Visceral Temptation in Dynamic Saving Experiments-super-

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  • Alexander L. Brown

    (Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology)

  • Zhikang Eric Chua

    (Singapore Public Services Commission)

  • Colin F. Camerer

    (Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology)

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This paper tests two explanations for apparent undersaving in life cycle models: bounded rationality and a preference for immediacy. Each was addressed in a separate experimental study. In the first study, subjects saved too little initially-providing evidence for bounded rationality-but learned to save optimally within four repeated life cycles. In the second study, thirsty subjects who consume beverage sips immediately, rather than with a delay, show greater relative overspending, consistent with quasi-hyperbolic discounting models. The parameter estimates of overspending obtained from the second study, but not the first, are in range of several empirical studies of saving (with an estimated β = 0.6-0.7). (c) 2009 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology..

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 124 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 197-231

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