# What do you mean by hyperbolic discounting?

## What do you mean by hyperbolic discounting?

Hyperbolic discounting is our inclination to choose immediate rewards over rewards that come later in the future, even when these immediate rewards are smaller.

**What is hyperbolic discounting in behavioral finance?**

“Hyperbolic discounting is a cognitive bias, where people choose smaller, immediate rewards rather than larger later rewards and this occurs more when the delay is closer to the present than the future.” Hyperbolic discounting is usually studied by asking people if they would rather get $50 now or $100 next year.

### Who invented hyperbolic discounting?

Everybody has their own discount factor. Some people might value money in 6 months at, say, 75% of what they’d value it today. Others might value it at 90%. In the early 1980s, psychologist George Ainslie discovered something peculiar.

**How do you deal with hyperbolic discounting?**

How to Manage Hyperbolic Discounting

- #1: LEARN: Build awareness of the concept. The first key to overcoming a cognitive bias is understanding it.
- #2: SUBTRACT: Automate your choices.
- #3: REWARD: Create short-term incentives.
- #4: COMMIT: Use other commitment devices.

#### How is hyperbolic discounting measured?

The hyperbolic model (Mazur, 1987) is a descriptive model, calculated as V = A / (1+kD), where V is the present value, A is the future amount, D is the delay,1 and k is the discount rate.

**What is hyperbolic discounting present bias?**

Hyperbolic discounting, also called “present bias,” is a cognitive bias, where people choose smaller, immediate rewards rather than larger, later rewards. The discounted present value of the future reward follows a mathematical curve called a “hyperbola.”

## What is an example of hyperbolic discounting?

Free shipping deals are a perfect example of hyperbolic discounting: “If you buy more than $50, you get free shipping.” If the buyer only has $35 in their cart, they’re compelled to continue shopping to earn the deal.

**Is hyperbolic discounting cognitive bias?**

### What is hyperbolic preference?

Definition: Hyperbolic discounting happens when people show a preference for a reward that arrives sooner rather than later.

**Is hyperbolic discounting a cognitive bias?**

Hyperbolic discounting, also called “present bias,” is a cognitive bias, where people choose smaller, immediate rewards rather than larger, later rewards.