Time Preferences of Older People with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Posted: 1 Jan 2020 Last revised: 14 Apr 2020

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Ya'akov M. Bayer

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Beer Sheva Mental Health Center

Date Written: December 14, 2019


Aging is frequently accompanied by a decline in cognitive abilities that may impair problem-solving abilities and influence decision-making capabilities. Executive functions play a central role in the ability to plan and solve problems. We examined the association between financial time preferences and executive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Subjects aged 60 years and older with a clinical diagnosis of MCI and a group of individuals whose cognitive function was within normal limits, underwent cognitive evaluation using a computerized cognitive assessment battery (Neurotrax). In addition, participants completed a questionnaire to determine the subjective discount rate (SDR) based on preferences for various sums of money and time periods. Univariate and multivariate models were constructed to determine the influence of cognitive scores on SDR.

Keywords: Mild cognitive impairment, time preferences, financial decision-making, executive functions, old age

JEL Classification: I12

Suggested Citation

Bayer, Ya'akov, Time Preferences of Older People with Mild Cognitive Impairment (December 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3503801

Ya'akov Bayer (Contact Author)

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Beer Sheva Mental Health Center ( email )


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