The Risk and Time Preferences of Young Truants and Their Parents

15 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2018

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Emma Antrobus

University of Queensland

Victoria Baranov

University of Melbourne

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Lorraine Mazerolle

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

Agnieszka Tymula

Bocconi University

Abstract

We use an incentivized experiment to measure the risk and time preferences of truant adolescents and their parents. We find that adolescent preferences do not predict school attendance and that a unique police-school partnership program targeting school absences was most effective in reducing the truancy of adolescents with relatively risk-averse parents.

Keywords: adolescent preferences, time preferences, risk preferences, RCT, truancy

JEL Classification: D81, J13, I29

Suggested Citation

Antrobus, Emma and Baranov, Victoria and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Mazerolle, Lorraine and Tymula, Agnieszka, The Risk and Time Preferences of Young Truants and Their Parents. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11236. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3097334

Emma Antrobus (Contact Author)

University of Queensland

Victoria Baranov

University of Melbourne

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney ( email )

606 Social Sciences Bldg. (A02)
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
61435061387 (Phone)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Lorraine Mazerolle

University of Queensland - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) ( email )

North 3 (Bldg 39A)
St Lucia, Queensland QLD 4072
Australia

Agnieszka Tymula

Bocconi University ( email )

via sarfatti 25
Milan, 20136
Italy

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