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The role of personal interaction in the assessment of risk attitudes

Benjamin Roth, Stefan Trautmann and Andrea Voskort

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), 2016, vol. 63, issue C, 106-113

Abstract: Many decisions under uncertainty are delegated to professionals, such as financial advisors or medical doctors, requiring them to assess the risk attitudes of their clients or patients. To gain a better understanding of the potential factors influencing risk attitude assessments, the current study investigates the role of personal interaction in these assessments. Controlling for information transmitted, we find that personal interaction leads to more risk-averse assessments, but does neither harm nor benefit assessments in terms of precision. We replicate previous findings of stereotypes in risk preference predictions, and discuss the influence of the assessor's own risk attitude on her assessments.

Keywords: Risk attitude; Advice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D81 G02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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