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Income and choice under risk

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  • Arnt O. Hopland

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Egil Matsen

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Bjarne Strøm

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

This paper studies the relationship between income and risky choice in a field ex- periment where stakes are of first-orderimportance to the subjects' living standards. We combine observations of stopping decisions in a Norwegian game show with reliable data on each subject's income. Participants in the experiment are randomly drawn from a large subject pool that is representative of the Norwegian population. Our re- sults clearly indicate that people are risk-averse in making large-stake choices and that decision makers with high income are more willing to accept nancial risk.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 14313.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 16 Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:14313

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