An article in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Population Economics reveals that former residents of the German Democratic Republic have a smaller present bias than former residents of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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Time preferences and political regimes: evidence from reunified Germany
Tim Friehe & Markus Pannenberg
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Journal of Population Economics 33 (2020), 349–387
GLO Discussion Paper No. 306, 2019.
GLO Fellow Markus Pannenberg
Author Abstract: We use the separation and later reunification of Germany after World War II to show that a political regime shapes time preferences of its residents. Using two identification strategies, we find that former residents of the German Democratic Republic exhibit a significantly less pronounced present bias when compared with former residents of the Federal Republic of Germany, whereas measures of patience are statistically indistinguishable. Interpreting the years spent under the regime as a proxy for treatment intensity yields consistent results. Moreover, we present evidence showing that present bias predicts choices in the domains of health, finance, and education, thereby illustrating lasting repercussions of a regime’s influence on time preferences.
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Eugenio Levi, Rama Dasi Mariani & Fabrizio Patriarca
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GLO Fellows Eugenio Levi, Rama Dasi Mariani & Fabrizio Patriarca
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