33 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2011
Date Written: May 29, 2011
We present an experiment in which we test for the effect of participating in a social exchange exercise on revealed risk and ambiguity preferences. In our experiments, subjects make choices over lotteries that reveal their risk and ambiguity preferences. They then participate with a small group in an unstructured on-line chat. After the chat, they reconsider their choices in the risk and ambiguity instruments. In a control session, different subjects view, but do not participate in, past chats. Through a content analysis we investigate the role of chat content and chat participation on changes in revealed preferences. We compare our results to the “Discovered Preferences Hypothesis” (Plott, 1996) and “Fact-Free Learning” (Aragones, Gilboa, Postlewaite, and Schmeidler, 2005).
Keywords: risk, ambiguity, preference, measurement, instruments, experimental economics, development economics, participatory development, social learning
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Engle, John and Engle-Warnick, Jim and Laszlo, Sonia, Social Exchange and Risk and Ambiguity Preferences (May 29, 2011). CIRANO - Scientific Publications Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1919073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1919073