How Time Preferences Differ: Evidence from 45 Countries
AbstractWe present results from the first large-scale international survey on time discounting, conducted in 45 countries. Cross-country variation cannot simply be explained by economic variables such as interest rates or in ation. In particular, we find strong evidence for cultural differences, as measured by the Hofstede cultural dimensions. For example, high levels of Uncertainty Avoidance or Individualism are both associated with strong hyperbolic discounting. Moreover, as application of our data, we find evidence for an impact of time preferences on the capability of technological innovations in a country and on environmental protection.
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Time preferences; Intertemporal decision; Endogenous preference; Cross-cultural comparison;
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- D90 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - General
- F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
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- NEP-ALL-2011-11-14 (All new papers)
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- NEP-EVO-2011-11-14 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-UPT-2011-11-14 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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