Using experimental data of children and their mothers, this paper explores the intergenerational relationship of impatience. The child’s impatience stems from a delay of gratification experiment, the mother’s from a choice task. Findings demonstrate an intergenerational relationship in decision making.

Kosse, Fabian and Friedhelm Pfeiffer (2012), Impatience among Preschool Children and their Mothers, Economics Letters 115 (3), 493-495. Download


Kosse, Fabian
Pfeiffer, Friedhelm


Time preferences; impatience; intergenerational transmission, field experiments