Impatience Among Preschool Children and Their Mothers
11 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2012
Date Written: December 20, 2011
Using experimental data of children and their mothers, this paper explores the intergenerational relationship of impatience. The child’s impatience stems from a delay of gratification experiment. Mother’s impatience has been assessed by a choice task where the mothers faced trade-offs between a smaller-sooner and a larger-later monetary reward with a delay of six or twelve months. The findings demonstrate an intergenerational relationship in short-run decision making. Controlling for mother’s and child’s characteristics the child’s impatience at preschool age is significantly correlated with the six month maternal reservation interest rate.
Keywords: Time preferences, impatience, intergenerational transmission, field experiments
JEL Classification: C93, D03, D90
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