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Koster, HansR.A. and Pinchbeck, EdwardW. (2022). How Do Households Value the Future? Evidence from Property Taxes American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 14(1):207--239.


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    American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

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 highstakes context. (JEL D15, H71, R31)