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Eliciting risk-preferences in socio-economic surveys: How do different measures perform?

Michela Coppola ()

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), 2014, vol. 48, issue C, 1-10

Abstract: This paper contributes to the debate on the adequate elicitation of individual risk attitudes in general socio-economic surveys. A multi-item question on the willingness to take risk, a very short form of the DOSPERT scale (Weber et al., 2002) and a series of lottery tasks are compared with respect to the quality of the answers and the predictive validity of the derived risk measures. The quality of the collected data appears to be high. All the measures are informative about individual's attitudes while item nonresponse is mostly unproblematic. The measures however differ in their predictive power, with the lottery-based measures exhibiting only weak predictive validity. When the scope of the assessment is to predict behaviour, domain specific risk measures seem to be more appropriate. Embedding a short DOSPERT scale in general surveys appears to be very promising for empirical applications in social sciences that use survey-based risk measures.

Keywords: Risk attitude; Measure validation; Survey questions; Item nonresponse; DOSPERT scale; Lottery tasks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 D81 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2013.08.010

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