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Math skills and risk attitudes

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  • Brañas-Garza, Pablo
  • Guillen, Pablo
  • del Paso, Rafael López

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We study whether math ability affects decision making under risk. Participants where divided in three math skill groups according to their performance in a GRE-like math test. We find no difference in behavior between groups across several risk measuring tasks.

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  • Brañas-Garza, Pablo & Guillen, Pablo & del Paso, Rafael López, 2008. "Math skills and risk attitudes," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(2), pages 332-336, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:99:y:2008:i:2:p:332-336
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