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Averting risk in the face of large losses: Bernoulli vs. Tversky and Kahneman

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  • Bosch-Domènech, Antoni
  • Silvestre, Joaquim

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Prospect Theory asserts that people display risk attraction in high-probability losses. But our subjects tend to avoid fair risks for large ([euro]30 to [euro]90), high-probability (80%) real losses, vindicating Bernoulli's view that risk aversion is the dominant attitude.

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  • Bosch-Domènech, Antoni & Silvestre, Joaquim, 2010. "Averting risk in the face of large losses: Bernoulli vs. Tversky and Kahneman," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(2), pages 180-182, May.
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    Keywords

    Losses Risk Attraction Risk aversion Experiments Prospect theory Bernoulli Kahneman Tversky;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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