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"Hyperbolic" discounting: A recursive formulation and an application to economic growth


  • Coury, Tarek
  • Dave, Chetan


We axiomatize decreasing impatience (DI) in a discrete-time setting, as originally discussed by Prelec, and formulate a class of recursively-defined discounting functions that conform to DI. The recursive formulation is used to analyze the Ramsey growth problem using dynamic programming techniques.

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  • Coury, Tarek & Dave, Chetan, 2010. ""Hyperbolic" discounting: A recursive formulation and an application to economic growth," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 109(3), pages 193-196, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:109:y:2010:i:3:p:193-196

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