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Discounting Behaviour and the Magnitude Effect: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Denmark

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  • Steffen Andersen
  • Glenn W. Harrison
  • Morten I. Lau
  • E. Elisabet Rutström

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  • Steffen Andersen & Glenn W. Harrison & Morten I. Lau & E. Elisabet Rutström, 2013. "Discounting Behaviour and the Magnitude Effect: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Denmark," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 80(320), pages 670-697, October.
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