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The Role of Probability Interval and Emotional Parameters

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  • Robert M. Feinberg
  • Mahmud Yesuf

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We study risk and ambiguity aversion among experimental subjects, focusing on understanding the role of the degree of ambiguity (as measured by the probability interval) and selected emotional parameters on attitudes towards ambiguity. In contrast to the general findings in the literature that people usually tend to take gambles with known probability over equivalent gambles with ambiguous probability, we find that student subjects are ambiguity neutral when faced with a relatively narrow probability interval but ambiguity averse in relatively wider intervals. We also find that less trusting and more pessimistic individuals tend to avoid ambiguity, while a measure of subject happiness has no impact on ambiguity aversion. JEL classification:

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  • Robert M. Feinberg & Mahmud Yesuf, 2013. "The Role of Probability Interval and Emotional Parameters," Working Papers 2013-11, American University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:amu:wpaper:2013-11
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    1. Dalton, Timothy J. & Yesuf, Mahmud & Muhammad, Lutta, 2011. "Demand for Drought Tolerance in Africa: Selection of Drought Tolerant Maize Seed using Framed Field Experiments," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103712, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Craig R. Fox & Amos Tversky, 1995. "Ambiguity Aversion and Comparative Ignorance," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 110(3), pages 585-603.
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