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Am I my peer's keeper? Social Responsibility in Financial Decision Making

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  • Sascha Fullbrunn

    (Radboud University)

  • Wolfgang J. Luhan

    (Portsmouth Business School)

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Risky decisions are often taken on behalf of others rather than for oneself. Competing theoretical models predict both; higher as well as lower levels of risk aversion when taking risk for others. The experimental literature on this topic has found mixed results. In our comprehensive within-subject design, subjects in the role of money managers have substantial social responsibility by taking investment decisions for a group of six anonymous clients, with own payments either fixed or perfectly aligned with their clients payments. We find that money managers invest significantly less for others than for themselves, which is mainly driven by a less risk averse sub-sample. Digging deeper, we find money managers to act in line with what they believe their clients would invest for themselves. We derive a responsibility weighting function to show that with a perfectly aligned payment the money managers' actions are determined by a mix of egoistic and social risk preferences.

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  • Sascha Fullbrunn & Wolfgang J. Luhan, 2017. "Am I my peer's keeper? Social Responsibility in Financial Decision Making," Working Papers in Economics & Finance 2017-02, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Business School, Economics and Finance Subject Group.
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    Keywords

    financial decision making; social responsibility; decision making for others; risk preferences; experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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