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Impatience and uncertainty: Experimental decisions predict adolescents? field behavior

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  • Matthias Sutter

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  • Martin G. Kocher

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  • Daniela Ruetzler

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  • Stefan T. Trautmann

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Abstract

We study risk attitudes, ambiguity attitudes, and time preferences of 661 children and adolescents, aged ten to eighteen years, in an incentivized experiment. We relate experimental choices to field behavior. Experimental measures of impatience are found to be significant redictors of health related field behavior and saving decisions. In particular, more impatient children and adolescents are more likely to spend money on alcohol and cigarettes, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and are less likely to save money. Experimental measures for risk and ambiguity attitudes are only weak predictors of field behavior.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2010-29.

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Keywords: experiments with children and adolescents; risk; ambiguity; time preferences; health status; savings; external validity; field behavior.;

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