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Is Time Inconsistency Primarily a Male Problem?


Jeffrey Prince


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy

Daniel L. Shawhan


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Cornell University

January 29, 2010


Abstract:     
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: May 13, 2014

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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 - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy ( email )
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Daniel L. Shawhan
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( email )
Sage Lab room 3402
110 8th St
Troy, NY 12180
United States
Cornell University ( email )
Department of Applied Economics and Management
Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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