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Influence and choice shifts in households: An experimental investigation

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  • Yang, Xiaojun
  • Carlsson, Fredrik

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In this paper, we examine the relative influence of individual decisions on joint household decisions, and whether and to what extent joint choices are more or less patient than individual choices in households. We find that both spouses have a significant influence on joint decisions, whereas husbands on average have a stronger influence than wives. Moreover, we find a substantial share of choice shifts from individual to joint household decisions, i.e. joint decisions are either more patient or more impatient than both individual choices. A number of observable characteristics are significantly correlated with these shifts in preferences from individual decisions to joint decisions.

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  • Yang, Xiaojun & Carlsson, Fredrik, 2016. "Influence and choice shifts in households: An experimental investigation," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 54-66.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:53:y:2016:i:c:p:54-66
    DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2015.11.002
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    1. Yayan Hernuryadin & Koji Kotani & Yoshio Kamijo, 2018. "Time preferences between individuals and groups in the transition from hunter-gatherer to industrial societiesm," Working Papers SDE-2018-1, Kochi University of Technology, School of Economics and Management, revised Jun 2018.

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    Keywords

    Individual decisions; Joint decisions; Patience; Choice shifts; Rural China;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General

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