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Do fishermen have different preferences?: Insights from an experimental study and household data

  • Nguyen, Quang

We combine an artefactual field experiments and household survey data to investigate whether involvement in a unique occupation such as fishery makes the fishermen exhibit different risk and time preferences than those in other occupations. Using a structural model approach, we integrate prospect theory and hyperbolic time discounting into a single framework to simultaneously estimate and correlate the parameters of both risk and time preferences with other demographic variables. The key finding is that fishermen are found to be less risk-averse and more patient than others.

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