On Intertemporal Selfishness : How The Perceived Instability of Identity Underlies Impatient Consumption

@inproceedings{Bartels2010OnIS,
  title={On Intertemporal Selfishness : How The Perceived Instability of Identity Underlies Impatient Consumption},
  author={Daniel M. Bartels and Oleg Urminsky},
  year={2010}
}
How does the anticipated connectedness between one’s current and future identity help explain impatience in intertemporal preferences? The less consumers are closely connected psychologically to their future selves, the less willing they will be to forgo immediate benefits in order to ensure larger deferred benefits to be received by that future self. When consumers’ measured or manipulated sense of continuity with their future selves is lower, they accept smaller-sooner rewards, wait less in… CONTINUE READING

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