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The Cost of Being Too Patient

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  • Giuliano, Paola

    (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Sapienza, Paola

    (Northwestern University)

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We study the cost of being too patient on happiness. We find that the relationship between patience and various measures of subjective well-being is hump- shaped: it exists an optimal amount of patience that maximizes happiness. Beyond this optimal level, higher levels of patience have a negative impact on well-being.

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  • Giuliano, Paola & Sapienza, Paola, 2020. "The Cost of Being Too Patient," IZA Discussion Papers 12900, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp12900
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    patience; happiness;

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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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