Procedures for eliciting time preferences

David Freeman, Paola Manzini, Marco Mariotti, Luigi Mittone

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    We study three procedures to elicit attitudes towards delayed payments: the Becker-DeGroot-Marschak procedure; the second price auction; and the multiple price list. The payment mechanisms associated with these methods are widely considered as incentive compatible, thus if preferences satisfy Procedure Invariance, which is also widely (and often implicitly) assumed, they should yield identical time preference distributions. We find instead that the monetary discount rates elicited using the Becker-DeGroot-Marschak procedure are significantly lower than those elicited with a multiple price list. We show that the behavior we observe is consistent with an existing psychological explanation of preference reversals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235–242
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
    Issue numberA
    Early online date24 Mar 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


    • Time preferences
    • Elicitation methods
    • Becker-DeGroot-Marschak procedure
    • Auctions
    • Multiple price list


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