Research Fellow Hans Koster published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
TI Research Fellow Hans Koster's paper entitled How Do Households Value the Future? Evidence from Property Taxes has been published in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Koster wrote his paper in collaboration with Edward Pinchbeck, a Fellow at the Birmingham Business School.
Paper abstract: Despite the near ubiquity of intertemporal choice, there is little consensus on the rate at which individuals trade present and future costs and benefits. We contribute to this debate by estimating discount rates from extensive data on housing transactions and spatiotemporal variation in property taxes in England. Our findings imply long-term average net of growth nominal discount rates that are between 3 and 4 percent. The close correspondence to prevailing market interest rates gives little reason to suggest that households misoptimize by materially undervaluing very long-term financial flows in this high-stakes context.