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Will the Working Poor Invest in Human Capital? A Laboratory Experiment

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  • Catherine Eckel
  • Cathleen Johnson
  • Claude Montmarquette

This paper presents the results of a laboratory experiment involving some 250 subjects in the Montreal area. The experiment focused on three main questions : (1) Will the working poor invest in various assets? (2) Are these subjects willing to delay consumption for substantial returns? (3) How do these subjects view risky choices? Answering these questions will help answering the key research question : Given the right incentive, will the working poor save to invest in human capital? To view the report, please click here : Ce rapport présente les résultats d'une expérience en laboratoire impliquant environ 250 sujets résidant dans la région de Montréal. L'expérience tente de répondre à trois questions : 1) Les travailleurs à faible revenu investissent-ils dans des actifs diversifiés?; 2) Les sujets sont-ils prêts à reporter leur consommation dans le futur en échange de rendements financiers substantiels?; 3) Comment ces sujets perçoivent-ils les choix risqués? Les réponses à ces questions vont permettre d'éclairer le sujet principal de cette recherche menée par le SRDC, à savoir : Si on leur procure les bonnes incitations, les travailleurs à faible revenu auront-ils tendance à épargner pour investir dans du capital humain? Pour visionner l'intégralité du rapport cliquez ici :

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Project Reports with number 2002rp-08.

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Length: 72 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2002
Handle: RePEc:cir:cirpro:2002rp-08
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  1. Serge Garcia & Alban Thomas, 2002. "An Empirical Analysis of Water Supply Contracts," CIRANO Working Papers 2002s-01, CIRANO.
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