Ellsberg Re-revisited: An Experiment Disentangling Model Uncertainty and Risk Aversion
Loïc Berger and
Valentina Bosetti ()
No 236239, MITP: Mitigation, Innovation,and Transformation Pathways from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
The results of an experiment extending Ellsberg's setup demonstrate that attitudes towards ambiguity and compound uncertainty are closely related. However, this association is much stronger when the second layer of uncertainty is subjective than when it is objective. Provided that the compound probabilities are simple enough, we find that most subjects, consisting of both students and policy makers, (1) reduce compound objective probabilities, (2) do not reduce compound subjective probabilities, and (3) are ambiguity non-neutral. By decomposing ambiguity into risk and model uncertainty, and jointly eliciting the attitudes individuals manifest towards these two types of uncertainty, we characterize individuals' degree of ambiguity aversion. Our data provides evidence of decreasing absolute ambiguity aversion and constant relative ambiguity aversion.
Keywords: Ambiguity Aversion; Model Uncertainty; Reduction of Compound Lotteries; Non-expected Utility; Subjective Probabilities; Decreasing Absolute Ambiguity Aversion; Risk and Uncertainty; D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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