Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104116
Authors: 
Komlos, John
Smith, Patricia K.
Bogin, Barry
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Munich Discussion Paper 2003-16
Abstract: 
We hypothesize that recent trends in U.S. and worldwide obesity are, in part, related to an increase in the marginal rate of time preference, where time preference refers to the rate at which people are willing to trade current benefit for future benefit. The higher the rate of time preference, the larger is the factor by which individuals discount the future health risks associated with current consumption. Data from the United States, as well as international evidence, suggests that a relationship between these two variables is plausible. We encourage researchers to explore the possible link between obesity and time preference, as important insights are likely to result.
Subjects: 
time preference
obesity
JEL: 
I12
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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