Delay aversion

Jean Pierre Benoît, Efe A. Ok

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    We address the following question: When can one person properly be said to be more delay averse than another? In reply, several (nested) comparison methods are developed. These methods yield a theory of delay aversion which parallels that of risk aversion. The applied strength of this theory is demonstrated in a variety of dynamic economic settings, including the classical optimal growth and tree cutting Problems, repteated games, and bargaining. Both time-consistent and time-inconsistent scenarios are considered.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)71-113
    Number of pages43
    JournalTheoretical Economics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2007


    • Consumption smoothing
    • Delay aversion
    • Impatience
    • Time consistency

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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