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On the Elicitation of Time Preference under Conditions of Risk

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Andreoni and Sprenger (2012) report evidence that distinct utility functions govern choices under certainty and risk. I investigate the robustness of this result to the experimental design. I find that the effect disappears completely when a multiple price list instrument is used instead of a convex time budget design. Alternatively, the effect is reduced by half when sooner and later payment risks are realized using a single lottery instead of two independent lotteries. The result is thus at least partially driven by intertemporal diversification, supporting an explanation in terms of concavity of the intertemporal, and not only atemporal, utility function.

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  • Cheung, Stephen L., 2013. "On the Elicitation of Time Preference under Conditions of Risk," Working Papers 2013-15, University of Sydney, School of Economics.
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    1. Nathaniel T. Wilcox, 2015. "Unusual Estimates of Probability Weighting Functions," Working Papers 15-10, Chapman University, Economic Science Institute.
    2. Cheung, Stephen L., 2015. "Eliciting utility curvature and time preference," Working Papers 2015-01, University of Sydney, School of Economics.
    3. Thomas Epper & Helga Fehr-Duda, 2015. "Risk Preferences Are Not Time Preferences: Balancing on a Budget Line: Comment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 105(7), pages 2261-2271, July.
    4. Schmidt, Ulrich, 2014. "Risk preferences may be time preferences: A comment on Andreoni and Sprenger (2012)," Kiel Working Papers 1942, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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    multiple price list; convex time budget; risk and certainty; intertemporal choice;

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