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Note on "Small Feedback-based Decisions and Their Limited Correspondence to Description-based Decisions"

  • Pavlo Blavatsky
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    Barron and Erev (2003) report experimental results revealing differences in risk attitude in small feedback-based problems as opposed to conventional description-based problems. This note shows that theoretical predictions drawing on a simple decision rule, known as the heuristic of relative probability comparisons (HRPC), fit the experimental data in Barron and Erev (2003) surprisingly well: even in the choice situation where the HRPC predicts an exact indifference the actual distribution of subject responses was 49% to 51%.

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    Paper provided by The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economic Institute, Prague in its series CERGE-EI Working Papers with number wp218.

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    Date of creation: Oct 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:cer:papers:wp218
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    1. Loomes, Graham & Sugden, Robert, 1982. "Regret Theory: An Alternative Theory of Rational Choice under Uncertainty," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 92(368), pages 805-24, December.
    2. Kahneman, Daniel & Tversky, Amos, 1979. "Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 47(2), pages 263-91, March.
    3. Thaler, Richard H, et al, 1997. "The Effect of Myopia and Loss Aversion on Risk Taking: An Experimental Test," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 112(2), pages 647-61, May.
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