Time discounting and pain anticipation: experimental evidence

Branas-Garza, Pablo, Espinosa, María Paz and Repollés, María (2012) Time discounting and pain anticipation: experimental evidence. Revista Internacional de Sociología (RIS), 70 (Extra1) . pp. 73-81. ISSN 0034-9712 (doi:10.3989/ris.2011.04.1A)

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This paper deals with pain anticipation experienced before medical procedures. Our experimental results show that individuals with lower time discount factors are more prone to suffer pain in advance. We provide a framework to rationalize the connection between pain anticipation and impatience. In this set up, more impatient subjects, who only value very near events, mainly take into account the present negative effects of medical procedures (the costs), whereas more patient individuals have a net positive valuation of medical events,given that they are able to value both the cost incurred now and all the benefits to be accrued in the future.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue on Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Keywords (uncontrolled): Economic experiments; impatience; pain anticipation; time discount
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 10511
Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 07:26
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 06:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10511

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