Lifetime Uncertainty and Time Preference

Theory and Decision 51 (2/4):145-172 (2001)
Abstract
Despite Fisher's (1930) psychological intuitions of and the formal treatment given by Yaari (1965, Review of Economic Studies 32, 137), the intertemporal model of choice is mainly a model with certain lifetime. The purpose of this paper is to reconsider this assumption, starting from a very simple two-period model of choice with lifetime uncertainty. We examine the comparative statics of the model at the first two orders and replace the concept of `pure time preference' by taking into account the subjective treatment of the probability of survival
Keywords Intertemporal choice  Lifetime uncertainty  Rank dependent utility
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