Fostering patience in the classroom: results from randomized educational intervention

Publication type

Journal Article


Publication date

October 15, 2018


We evaluate the impact of a randomized educational intervention on children’s intertemporal choices. The intervention aims to improve the ability to imagine future selves and encourages forward-looking behavior using a structured curriculum delivered by children’s own trained teachers. We find that treated students make more patient intertemporal decisions in incentivized experimental tasks. The results persist almost 3 years after the intervention, replicate well in a different sample, and are robust across different experimental elicitation methods. The effects also extend beyond experimental outcomes: we find that treated students are significantly less likely to receive a low “behavior grade.”

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Journal of Political Economy

Volume and page numbers

Volume: 126 , p.1 -1





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