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Can intertemporal choice experiments elicit time preferences for consumption?

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  • Robin Cubitt

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    (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

  • Daniel Read

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    (Durham Business School, University of Durham)

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The paper considers the problems of interpreting subjects’ responses to laboratory intertemporal choice and matching tasks that arise from (i) the existence of capital markets outside the laboratory; (ii) the distinction between observable income and unobservable consumption. It distinguishes between three approaches to these problems that are identifiable in the literature: the straightforward view; the separation view; and the censored data view. It shows that none of these is fully satisfactory and discusses the resulting implications for intertemporal decision-making experiments.

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Paper provided by The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham in its series Discussion Papers with number 2005-16.

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Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:not:notcdx:2005-16

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Keywords: Discount rates; elicitation of time preferences; intertemporal decision-making experiments;

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