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The Effect of an Additional Alternative on Measured Risk Preferences in a Field Experiment

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  • Jim Engle-Warnick

    (McGill University)

  • Javier Escobal

    (GRADE)

  • Sonia Laszlo

    (McGill University)

Abstract

We experimentally test for the effect of an additional alternative on the measured risk preferences of farmers in rural Peru. In our experiment, subjects revealed their risk preferences with a series of choices between two gambles. We added a third gamble, which was always dominated by one of the two existing gambles. We found that subjects chose this gamble nearly one quarter of the time, in some cases causing them to appear more risk loving. We conclude that the number of available alternatives should be taken into account for predicting decisions under uncertainty.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Experimental with number 0511003.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 15 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpex:0511003

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Keywords: risk preferences; risk measurement instruments; experimental economics; field experiments;

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Cited by:
  1. Chetan Dave & Catherine Eckel & Cathleen Johnson & Christian Rojas, 2010. "Eliciting risk preferences: When is simple better?," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 219-243, December.
  2. Jim Engle-Warnick & Javier Escobal & Sonia Laszlo, 2007. "Ambiguity Aversion as a Predictor of Technology Choice: Experimental Evidence from Peru," CIRANO Working Papers 2007s-01, CIRANO.
  3. Jim Engle-Warnick & Javier Escobal & Sonia Laszlo, 2006. "Risk preference, ambiguity aversion and technology choice: Experimental and survey evidence from rural peru," Artefactual Field Experiments 00042, The Field Experiments Website.

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