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Risk-taking with Other People’s Money

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  • Kvaløy, Ola

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  • Eriksen, Kristoffer

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  • Luzuriaga , Miguel

    () (UiS)

Abstract

We present an experimental study on how people take risk with other people’s money. We use three different elicitation methods, and study how each subject makes decisions both on behalf of own money and on behalf of another individual’s money. We find that a majority of subjects make different decisions on behalf of others than on behalf of themselves. Approximately one third of the subjects increase risk-taking when it is on behalf of another subject, while one third reduces risk-taking. In sum, we find a weak tendency of lower risk-taking with other’s money compared with own money. We also find that subjects on average think that others are more risk averse than themselves. Moreover, subjects believe that other participants take less risk with their own money than with other people’s money.

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  • Kvaløy, Ola & Eriksen, Kristoffer & Luzuriaga , Miguel, 2014. "Risk-taking with Other People’s Money," UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2014/21, University of Stavanger.
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    1. Matteo Ploner & Viola Saredi, 2016. "Taking Over Control:An Experimental Analysis of Delegation Avoidance in Risky Choices," CEEL Working Papers 1606, Cognitive and Experimental Economics Laboratory, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia.
    2. Alain Cohn & Ernst Fehr & Michel André Maréchal, 2017. "Do Professional Norms in the Banking Industry Favor Risk-taking?," CESifo Working Paper Series 6398, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    Risk-taking; Experiment; Social preferences;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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