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The Formation of Risk Preferences through Small-Scale Events

Silvia Angerer (), E. Dutcher, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler (), Philipp Lergetporer () and Matthias Sutter ()
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Silvia Angerer: IHS Carinthia
Daniela Glätzle-Rützler: University of Innsbruck
Philipp Lergetporer: Ifo Institute for Economic Research

No 14679, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Large, macroeconomic shocks in the past have been shown to influence economic decisions in the present. We study in an experiment with 743 subjects whether small-scale, seemingly negligible, events also affect the formation of risk preferences. In line with a reinforcement learning model, we find that subjects who won a random lottery took significantly more risk in a second lottery almost a year later. The same pattern emerges in another experiment with 136 subjects where the second lottery was played more than three years after the first lottery. So, small-scale, random, events affect the formation of risk preferences significantly.

Keywords: reinforcement learning; risk preferences; preference formation; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D01 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2021-08
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