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Behavioral Probabilities

W Viscusi and William Evans

Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2006, vol. 32, issue 1, 5-15

Abstract: This article introduces the concept of behavioral probabilities, along with an econometric procedure for jointly estimating these probabilities as well as individual utility functions. Behavioral probabilities that guide decisions differ from posterior probabilities that are reported after receiving risk information. The underlying process that generates behavioral probabilities reflects a behavioral anomaly as the new risk information takes on an excessive role. While utility function estimates are consistent with theoretical predictions, considering behavioral probabilities alters their implications. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Keywords: Behavioral probability; Risk perceptions; Expected utility; Bayesian (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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