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Representation and Social Regret in Risk-Taking

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  • Doruk Iris

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Representing others brings responsibility and fear of letting others down (social regret). We incorporate these phenomena in a theoretical model and provide a psychological perspective to explain the individual-group discontinuity in risk-taking activities. A representative makes a state-wise comparison of the consequences of her decision and an unchosen advice given by a group member. Social regret-aversion renders extreme utility differences salient and allows both risky and cautious shifts.

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  • Doruk Iris, 2017. "Representation and Social Regret in Risk-Taking," Working Papers 1701, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University.
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    Keywords

    Social representation; Social regret-aversion; Risk-taking; Individual-group discontinuity; Risky shift; Cautious shift.;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values

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