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Pure rank preferences and variation in risk-taking behavior

Oded Stark, Wiktor Budzinski () and Marcin Jakubek

No 123, University of Tübingen Working Papers in Business and Economics from University of Tuebingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, School of Business and Economics

Abstract: Assuming that an individual's rank in the wealth distribution is the only factor determining the individual's wellbeing, we analyze the individual's risk preferences in relation to gaining or losing rank, rather than the individual's risk preferences towards gaining or losing absolute wealth. We show that in this characterization of preferences, a high-ranked individual is more willing than a low-ranked individual to take risks that can provide him with a rise in rank: relative risk aversion with respect to rank in the wealth distribution is a decreasing function of rank. This result is robust to incorporating (the level of) absolute wealth in the individual's utility function.

Keywords: Rank in the wealth distribution; Rank-based utility; Variation in risk-takingbehavior; Relative risk aversion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D31 D81 G32 G41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-mic, nep-ore and nep-upt
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