Time discounting: Declining impatience and interval effect

Yusuke Kinari, Fumio Ohtake, Yoshiro Tsutsui

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Most studies have not distinguished delays from intervals, so that whether the declining impatience really holds has been an open question. We conducted an experiment that explicitly distinguishes between them, and confirmed it at short delay such as less than an 8-week delay. This implies that people make dynamically inconsistent plans. We also found the interval effect that the time discount rate decreases with prolonged intervals. We show that the interval and the magnitude effects are caused because intertemporal choice is made partially based on the differential in reward amount, while Weber's Law explains neither the delay nor the interval effects sufficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-112
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Risk and Uncertainty
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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