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To answer or not to answer? A field test of loss aversion

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  • MichaÅ‚ Krawczyk

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This study is a field experiment on loss aversion. The framing of scoring rules was differentiated in an exam at the University of Warsaw, with only half the students facing explicit penalty points in the case of giving an incorrect answer. Loss aversion predicts that less risk will be taken (less questions will be answered) when losses are possible but in fact, no treatment effect was observed.

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Article provided by Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw in its journal Ekonomia journal.

Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
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Handle: RePEc:eko:ekoeko:29_106

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  1. Levitt, Steven D. & List, John A. & Neckermann, Susanne & Sado, Sally, 2012. "The behavioralist goes to school: Leveraging behavioral economics to improve educational performance," ZEW Discussion Papers 12-038, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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