Manipulating Reliance on Intuition Reduces Risk and Ambiguity Aversion
AbstractPrior research suggests that those who rely on intuition rather than effortful reasoning when making decisions are less averse to risk and ambiguity. The evidence is largely correlational, however, leaving open the question of the direction of causality. In this paper, we present experimental evidence of causation running from reliance on intuition to risk and ambiguity preferences. We directly manipulate participants’ predilection to rely on intuition and find that enhancing reliance on intuition lowers the probability of being ambiguity averse by 30 percentage points and increases risk tolerance by about 30 percent in the experimental subpopulation where we would a priori expect the manipulation to be successful (males).
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in its series EIEF Working Papers Series with number 1301.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2013
Date of revision: Jan 2013
Other versions of this item:
- Butler, Jeff & Guiso, Luigi & Jappelli, Tullio, 2013. "Manipulating Reliance on Intuition Reduces Risk and Ambiguity Aversion," CEPR Discussion Papers 9461, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- Butler, Jeffrey V. & Guiso, Luigi & Jappelli, Tullio, 2013. "Manipulating reliance on intuition reduces risk and ambiguity aversion," CFS Working Paper Series 2013/13, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
- Jeffrey V. Butler & Luigi Guiso & Tullio Jappelli, 2013. "Manipulating Reliance on Intuition Reduces Risk and Ambiguity Aversion," CSEF Working Papers 327, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
- D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-02-08 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2013-02-08 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EVO-2013-02-08 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2013-02-08 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-UPT-2013-02-08 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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