Risk-Taking Behavior in the Wake of Natural Disasters
Lisa Cameron () and
Manisha Shah ()
Journal of Human Resources, 2015, vol. 50, issue 2, 484-515
We investigate whether experiencing a natural disaster affects risk-taking behavior. We conduct standard risk games (using real money) with randomly selected individuals in rural Indonesia. We find that individuals who recently suffered a flood or earthquake exhibit more risk-aversion. Experiencing a natural disaster causes people to perceive that they now face a greater risk of a future disaster. We conclude that this change in perception of background risk causes people to take fewer risks. We provide evidence that experimental risk behavior is correlated with real-life risk behavior, highlighting the importance of our results.
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Working Paper: Risk-Taking Behavior in the Wake of Natural Disasters (2013)
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