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Measuring higher order ambiguity preferences

Aurélien Baillon (), Harris Schlesinger and Gijs Kuilen
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Aurélien Baillon: Erasmus University Rotterdam

Experimental Economics, 2018, vol. 21, issue 2, 233-256

Abstract: Abstract We report the results from an experiment designed to measure attitudes towards ambiguity beyond ambiguity aversion. In particular, we implement recently-proposed model-free preference conditions of ambiguity prudence and ambiguity temperance. Ambiguity prudence has been shown to play an important role in precautionary behavior and the mere presence of ambiguity averse agents in markets. We observe that the majority of individuals’ decisions are consistent with ambiguity aversion, ambiguity prudence and ambiguity temperance. This finding confirms the prediction of many popular (specifications of) ambiguity models and has important implications for models of prevention behavior.

Keywords: Higher-order preferences; Prudence; Ambiguity attitude; Risk attitude (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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