Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/49497
Authors: 
Gautier, Pieter A.
van Vuuren, Aico
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper: Behavioural Economics 3549
Abstract: 
When agents have present bias, they discount more between now and the next period than between period t (> 1) and t + 1. How fast the future discount rate (evaluated today) decays is an empirical question. We show that the discount function can be non-parametrically identified with contracts that specify payments that take place at various points in time in the future and which are traded and priced in a competitive market. We use a unique land lease-contract data set for Amsterdam, which has the above properties, to test for present bias in a flexible way. We find no evidence for present bias in this market. Even though we allow for a general-hyperbolic specification (which has exponential discounting as a special case), our estimates converge to an exponential discount function with a corresponding discount rate (in our baseline specification) of 8 %.
Subjects: 
present bias
hyperbolic discounting
discount rate
hedonic estimation
JEL: 
D03
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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