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Moderate stake variations for risk and uncertainty, gains and losses: methodological implications for comparative studies

Vieider, F. M. (2012) Moderate stake variations for risk and uncertainty, gains and losses: methodological implications for comparative studies. Economics Letters, 117 (3). pp. 718-721. ISSN 0165-1765

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.028

Abstract/Summary

Risk attitudes are known to be sensitive to large stake variations. However, little is known on the sensitivity to moderate variations in stakes. This is important for studies that want to compare risk attitudes between countries or over time. I find that variations of ±20% affect only utility, while larger variations may affect also probability weighting. Surprisingly, the effect on weighting functions is larger for losses than for gains. It is also more pronounced for risk than for uncertainty.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:46539
Publisher:Elsevier

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