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How Time Preferences Differ: Evidence from 45 Countries

  • Wang, Mei

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    (WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management)

  • Rieger, Marc Oliver

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    (Dept. IV, Business Administration, University of Trier)

  • Hens, Thorsten

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    (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

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    We present results from the first large-scale international survey on time discounting, conducted in 45 countries. Cross-country variation cannot simply be explained by economic variables such as interest rates or in ation. In particular, we find strong evidence for cultural differences, as measured by the Hofstede cultural dimensions. For example, high levels of Uncertainty Avoidance or Individualism are both associated with strong hyperbolic discounting. Moreover, as application of our data, we find evidence for an impact of time preferences on the capability of technological innovations in a country and on environmental protection.

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    Length: 55 pages
    Date of creation: 31 Oct 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2011_018
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