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Measures of Individual Risk Attitudes and Portfolio Choice: Evidence from Pension Participants

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  • Mehmet Y. Gürdal
  • Tolga U. Kuzubaþ
  • Burak Saltoðlu

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We use a large non-student sample to test how distinct measures of risk-attitudes relate to each other, to demographic characteristics and to real-life risk taking in the financial domain. These measures, namely the Bomb Risk Elicitation Task (BRET), self-reported willingness to take risks in general, the choice in a hypothetical lottery, the score in the Domain Specific Risk-Taking (DOSPERT) scale, appear to be positively correlated and exhibit a certain degree of consistency. Furthermore, a subset of these measures is driven by similar demographic characteristics as such that males are more risk seeking and risk-aversion increases with age. Using extensive data on the retirement portfolios of the participants during the years 2008–2014, we find that all of these measures are positively correlated with the riskiness of individual portfolios. The self-reported willingness to take risks in general appears to be the most relevant measure in predicting actual risk-taking behavior.
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  • Mehmet Y. Gürdal & Tolga U. Kuzubaþ & Burak Saltoðlu, 2016. "Measures of Individual Risk Attitudes and Portfolio Choice: Evidence from Pension Participants," Working Papers 2016/02, Bogazici University, Department of Economics.
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    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
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