Willpower in children and adults: a survey of results and economic implications

@article{Bucciol2010WillpowerIC,
  title={Willpower in children and adults: a survey of results and economic implications},
  author={Alessandro Bucciol and Daniel Houser and Marco Piovesan},
  journal={International Review of Economics},
  year={2010},
  volume={57},
  pages={259-267}
}
This paper reviews key contributions to the psychology and economics literature on willpower. Understanding how willpower develops can shed important light on time-inconsistent economic decision making, a topic that has received substantial attention over recent decades. In particular, we argue that measures of willpower for the child provide useful insights into the nature of willpower and are reliable predictors of economic outcomes in the adult. The implication is that one might, for example… CONTINUE READING

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