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Impatience and uncertainty: Experimental decisions predict adolescents? field behavior

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  • Matthias Sutter
  • Martin G. Kocher
  • Daniela Glätzle-Rützler
  • Stefan T. Trautmann

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We study risk attitudes, ambiguity attitudes, and time preferences of 661 children and adolescents, aged ten to eighteen years, in an incentivized experiment. We relate experimental choices to field behavior. Experimental measures of impatience are found to be significant redictors of health related field behavior and saving decisions. In particular, more impatient children and adolescents are more likely to spend money on alcohol and cigarettes, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and are less likely to save money. Experimental measures for risk and ambiguity attitudes are only weak predictors of field behavior.

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  • Matthias Sutter & Martin G. Kocher & Daniela Glätzle-Rützler & Stefan T. Trautmann, 2010. "Impatience and uncertainty: Experimental decisions predict adolescents? field behavior," Working Papers 2010-29, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.
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    Keywords

    experiments with children and adolescents; risk; ambiguity; time preferences; health status; savings; external validity; field behavior.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General

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