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Authors: 
Sutter, Matthias
Kocher, Martin G.
Rützler, Daniela
Trautmann, Stefan T.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics 2010-29
Abstract: 
We study risk attitudes, ambiguity attitudes, and time preferences of 661 children and adolescents, aged ten to eighteen years, in an incentivized experiment. We relate experimental choices to field behavior. Experimental measures of impatience are found to be significant redictors of health related field behavior and saving decisions. In particular, more impatient children and adolescents are more likely to spend money on alcohol and cigarettes, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and are less likely to save money. Experimental measures for risk and ambiguity attitudes are only weak predictors of field behavior.
Subjects: 
experiments with children and adolescents
risk
ambiguity
time preferences
health status
savings
external validity
field behavior.
JEL: 
C91
C93
D81
D90
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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