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Growth, entrepreneurship, and risk-tolerance: a risk-income paradox

Bouchouicha, R. and Vieider, F. M. (2019) Growth, entrepreneurship, and risk-tolerance: a risk-income paradox. Journal of Economic Growth. ISSN 1573-7020

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10887-019-09168-0


Recent papers have modeled the prevalence of risk-tolerance as shaped by growth, making testable predictions about the distribution of risk-tolerance across the globe. We test these predictions using a dataset containing a survey question capturing people’s risk-tolerance for representative samples from 78 countries. We find a negative between-country correlation between risk-tolerance and GDP per capita. Together with the positive within-country correlation between risk-tolerance and income, this results in a risk-income paradox. We further find a negative interaction effect of risk-tolerance and GDP on fertility. These findings provide support for endogenous-preference models of economic growth.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:83787


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