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Steven B. Caudill, Stephanie O. Crofton, James E. Long, Franklin G. Mixon and Mary Greer Simonton

Using data from a UCLA survey of adults living in transition economies in Eastern Europe that was carried out in 1993, we explore the potential impact of property destruction, confiscation, and collectivization experiences on the inter-generational transmission of patience across the populations of transition economies in Eastern Europe. To do so, we make use of an index of impatience constructed from each individual’s decision to purchase expensive consumer (luxury) items. We find some evidence that offspring from families suffering property losses are more impatient than others. Second, given that the results differ across countries, a single explanation such as the intergenerational transmission of impatience is insufficient.