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How nurture can shape preferences: an experimental study on risk preferences of Vietnamese fishers

  • NGUYEN, QUANG
  • LEUNG, PINGSUN
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    We combined field experiment and household survey data to investigate whether working in a risky occupation such as fishing makes fishers less risk averse than people in other occupations. The unique characteristic of Vietnam's fisheries enables us to solve the endogeneity problem of occupational choice usually found in this kind of study. We used prospect theory as the main analytical framework and developed a practical procedure to simultaneously estimate the parameters of the utility function under prospect theory. The key finding is that working in a fishery makes economic agents less risk averse than others.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 05 (October)
    Pages: 609-631

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:15:y:2010:i:05:p:609-631_00
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