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Risk Attitudes and Choice under Uncertainty: Experimental Evidence from Russia


  • Belianin Alexis



This paper presents the results of one of the first experimental studies of individual choice in transitional Russia. The study is based on two standard types of experimental design: on risk attitudes via individual preferences over two-outcome lotteries, and on public good provision under voluntary contribution mechanism. By comparing preferences exhibited by 186 Moscow students to those observed elsewhere in the world, the author attempted to test claims that the Russian national character and/or years of socialist experience causes individual behavior to deviate from "normal" patterns. Both series of results turned out to be remarkably similar to the basic patterns exhibited in analogous studies abroad. However, public choice experiments showed that contribution rates typically increased in proportion to the share of female bidders in a group, a pattern that hasn't been observed in similar experiments in the other countries.

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  • Belianin Alexis, 1998. "Risk Attitudes and Choice under Uncertainty: Experimental Evidence from Russia," EERC Working Paper Series 98-01e, EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS.
  • Handle: RePEc:eer:wpalle:98-01e

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    1. Alexis Belianin & Marco Novarese, 2005. "Trust, communication and equlibrium behaviour in public goods," Experimental 0506001, EconWPA.

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    Russia; transition; experiment; risk adversity; social welfare payments;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General


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