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Intertemporal impulsivity can also arise from persistent failure of long-term plans

  • Nisheeth Srivastava (a1) and Narayanan Srinivasan (a2)

We suggest that steep intertemporal discounting in individuals of low socioeconomic status (SES) may arise as a rational metacognitive adaptation to experiencing planning and control failures in long-term plans. Low SES individuals' plans fail more frequently because they operate close to budgetary boundaries, in turn because they consistently operate with limited budgets of money, status, trust, or other forms of social utility.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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