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Income and choice under risk

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  • Arnt O. Hopland

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Egil Matsen

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Bjarne Strøm

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

This paper studies the relationship between income and risky choice in a field ex- periment where stakes are of first-orderimportance to the subjects' living standards. We combine observations of stopping decisions in a Norwegian game show with reliable data on each subject's income. Participants in the experiment are randomly drawn from a large subject pool that is representative of the Norwegian population. Our re- sults clearly indicate that people are risk-averse in making large-stake choices and that decision makers with high income are more willing to accept nancial risk.

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  • Arnt O. Hopland & Egil Matsen & Bjarne Strøm, 2013. "Income and choice under risk," Working Paper Series 14313, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:14313
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    1. Vieider, Ferdinand M. & Truong, Nghi & Martinsson, Peter & Pham Khanh Nam & Martinsson, Peter, 2013. "Risk preferences and development revisited: A field experiment in Vietnam," Discussion Papers, WZB Junior Research Group Risk and Development SP II 2013-403, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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    Keywords

    Risky choice; Field experiment;

    JEL classification:

    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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