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Is Time Inconsistency Primarily a Male Problem?

Jeffrey Prince

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

Daniel L. Shawhan

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Cornell University

January 29, 2010

We conduct a simple experiment, using real money, that tests whether men and women differ in time consistency. The experiment provides strong evidence of time inconsistency among males, but no evidence of such behavior among females. Furthermore, the difference between males and females is statistically significant. This result could have important implications in marketing and in efforts to improve intertemporal decision-making.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Time consistency, Inter-temporal discounting, Gender

JEL Classification: D12, D14, D91, J16

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Date posted: July 26, 2007 ; Last revised: July 26, 2013

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Prince, Jeffrey and Shawhan, Daniel L., Is Time Inconsistency Primarily a Male Problem? (January 29, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1003150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1003150

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Jeffrey Prince (Contact Author)
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business ( email )
1309 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
United States
Daniel L. Shawhan
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( email )
Sage Lab room 3402
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180
United States
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Department of Applied Economics and Management
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Ithaca, NY 14853
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