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Estimating Individual Ambiguity Aversion: A Simple Approach

Uri Gneezy, Alex Imas () and John List ()

No 20982, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We introduce a simple, easy to implement instrument for jointly eliciting risk and ambiguity attitudes. Using this instrument, we structurally estimate a two-parameter model of preferences. Our findings indicate that ambiguity aversion is significantly overstated when risk neutrality is assumed. This highlights the interplay between risk and ambiguity attitudes as well as the importance of joint estimation. In addition, over our stakes levels we find no difference in the estimated parameters when incentives are real or hypothetical, raising the possibility that a simple hypothetical question can provide insights into an individuals preferences over ambiguity in such economic environments.

JEL-codes: C9 C91 C92 C93 D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-02
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