The Health Consequences of Intertemporal Preferences

Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing, 2017

24 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2019

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Oleg Urminsky

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Gal Zauberman

Yale

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Intertemporal tradeoffs, the conflict between current and future costs and benefits, lie at the core of health decisions. An extensive literature on time discounting has documented the widespread tendency to place a lower value on distant outcomes and to favor benefits in the moment. These tendencies have been linked to key challenges to long-term health, including lack of exercise and preventative care, substance abuse, unsafe sex, overconsumption of calories and obesity. Understanding when and how people think of time, future outcomes, future resources, and their future selves may shed light on how to motivate health-promoting behaviors.

Suggested Citation

Urminsky, Oleg and Zauberman, Gal, The Health Consequences of Intertemporal Preferences (2017). Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3448101

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