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Defaults, normative anchors, and the occurrence of risky and cautious shifts

Stephan Jagau () and Theo Offerman
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Theo Offerman: University of Amsterdam

Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 2018, vol. 56, issue 3, No 1, 236 pages

Abstract: Abstract Choice shifts occur when individuals advocate a risky (safe) decision when acting as part of a group even though they prefer a safe (risky) decision when acting as individuals. Even though research in psychology and economics has produced a mass of evidence on this puzzling phenomenon, there is no agreement about which mechanism produces choice shifts. In an experiment, we investigate the performance of two prominent mechanisms that have been proposed to explain the phenomenon; (i) rank-dependent utility and (ii) a desire to conform to the wishes of the majority. The evidence provides clear support for the conformity explanation.

Keywords: Risky shift; Cautious shift; Conformity; Social responsibility; Rank-dependent utility; Peer effects; Group decision making; D03; D71; D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1007/s11166-018-9282-6

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