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On the social dimension of time and risk preferences: An experimental study

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  • M. Vittoria Levati

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  • Werner Güth

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  • Matteo Ploner

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We report on an experiment designed to explore the interrelation of other-regarding concerns with attitudes towards risk and delay when the latter have a social dimension, i.e., pertain to one's own and another person's payoffs. For this sake, we compare evaluations of several prospects, each of which allocates either certain or risky and either immediate or delayed payoffs to the actor and to another participant. We find that individuals are mainly self-oriented as to social allocation of risk and delay, although they are other-regarding with respect to expected payoff levels.

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Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group in its series Papers on Strategic Interaction with number 2005-26.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:esi:discus:2005-26

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Keywords: Willingness to accept; Risk attitudes; Time preferences; Other-regarding concerns;

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