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168 Pages
Publication date: March 2014
Imprint: ecoWing
Matthias Sutter

The Discovery of Patience

Endurance Beats Talent

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Patience is a virtue, albeit a seemingly old-fashioned one. Who in today’s world wants to live with unsatisfied desires and unfulfilled dreams for long?

Matthias Sutter, one of the leading economists in the German-speaking world, is paving the way for the ebullient comeback of the neglected quality of patience. His impressive, academically respected studies have led to a surprising discovery: patience is worth just as much as talent.

Using the astonishing results of his research, Sutter shows how much we can achieve in life with perseverance, the factors that have a decisive influence on our capacity to keep going, and how we can successfully tame our own impatience as well as that of our children. Because one thing is certain: people who continue to exercise patience today will be rewarded tomorrow.


»The research findings that Sutter has collected in this book are flabbergasting«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Matthias Suttner’s book THE DISCOVERY OF PATIENCE strengthened my belief that behavioral economics provides an important basis for political decision-making. Quite apart from the fact that it is a fascinating read, the results of research on patience are impressive, and must be taken into account in the education system.«
Dr. Sophie Karmasin, Austrian Federal Minister of Families and Youth


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Matthias Sutter

Matthias Sutter was born in 1968. He is Chair in Economics: Design and Behavior (University of Cologne, Germany) and Professor of Experimental Economics (part-time / University of Innsbruck, Austria).
He is one of the most prolific experimental economists of his generation. After receiving his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in economics, he carried out research at various institutions, including the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena and the University of Gothenburg.