Lührmann, Melanie Serra-Garcia, Marta Winter, Joachim
Year of Publication:
IFS Working Papers W14/18
We examine the impact of a large high-school fi nancial education program on the intertemporal choices of adolescents. We randomly assigned the program among a sample of almost 1,000 students and measured their intertemporal choices using an incentivized experiment. While intertemporal choices in the control group exhibit signi ficant present bias, choices among treated students are time consistent on average. We structurally estimate individual preference parameters, explicitly allowing choices to be stochastic. Participation in the program increases time consistency and decreases error rates. These fi ndings suggest that fi nancial education can have signi cant eff ects on intertemporal choice already at a young age.