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Risk preferences and the role of emotions

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  • Anna Conte

    () (University of Westminster)

  • Maria Vittoria Levati

    () (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Chiara Nardi

    () (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

Abstract

There is a large volume of research showing that emotions have relevant effects on decision‐making. We contribute to this literature by experimentally investigating the impact of four specific emotional states—joviality, sadness, fear and anger—on risk attitudes. In order to do so, we fit two models of behaviour under risk: the expected utility model and the rank dependent expected utility model, assuming several functional forms of the weighting function. Our results indicate that all emotional states mitigate risk aversion. Furthermore, we show that there are some differences across gender and participants’ experience in laboratory experiments.
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  • Anna Conte & Maria Vittoria Levati & Chiara Nardi, 2014. "Risk preferences and the role of emotions," Working Papers 10/2014, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D00 - Microeconomics - - General - - - General

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