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The Effect of Payment Methods on Risk Aversion

  • Larry Lawson

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  • Catherine Lawson

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    Risk aversion experiments such as those by Holt and Laury ( 2002 , 2005 ) measure risk aversion by examining subjects’ responses to a series of probability-ordered choices. Subjects are paid real money rewards, using the random round payment method in which the amount is determined by one randomly selected decision. The findings reported here were obtained from 119 subjects who confronted the same choice set and payment amounts, but 60 of these subjects were paid using the random-round method while the remaining 59 were paid based on an average of all their choices, the accumulated value method. The accumulated value payment method simulates portfolio returns, as opposed to returns from stand alone investments. Results indicate that accumulated value subjects took more risk and made more inconsistent decisions. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2011

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    Article provided by International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 249-260

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:39:y:2011:i:3:p:249-260
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