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What Does it Take for a Specific Prospect Theory Type Household to Engage in Risky Investment?

  • Hlouskova, Jaroslava

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, and Department of Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada)

  • Tsigaris, Panagiotis

    (Department of Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada)

This research note examines the conditions which will induce a prospect theory type investor, whose reference level is set by ‘playing it safe’, to invest in a risky asset. The conditions indicate that this type of investor requires a large equity premium to invest in risky assets. However, once she does invest because of a large risk premium, she becomes aggressive and buys/sells till an externally imposed upper/lower bound is reached.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 286.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:286
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