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The Risk and Time Preferences of Young Truants and Their Parents

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  • Antrobus, Emma

    (University of Queensland)

  • Baranov, Victoria

    (University of Melbourne)

  • Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.

    (University of Sydney)

  • Mazerolle, Lorraine

    (University of Queensland)

  • Tymula, Agnieszka

    (University of Sydney)

Abstract

We use an incentivized experiment to measure the risk and time preferences of truant adolescents and their parents. We find that adolescent preferences do not predict school attendance and that a unique police-school partnership program targeting school absences was most effective in reducing the truancy of adolescents with relatively risk-averse parents.

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  • Antrobus, Emma & Baranov, Victoria & Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Mazerolle, Lorraine & Tymula, Agnieszka, 2017. "The Risk and Time Preferences of Young Truants and Their Parents," IZA Discussion Papers 11236, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    risk preferences; time preferences; adolescent preferences; RCT; truancy;
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    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other

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