Development and Validation of a Model and Measure of Financial Risk-Taking
Journal of Behavioral Finance, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 129-143, 2005
Posted: 12 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 12, 2005
This study presents a theoretical model and assessment tool that measures individual differences in risk-aversion in financial matters. Unlike other measures of financial risk-taking, this measure assumes no prior technical knowledge of finance. The assessment tool was developed using item response theory as well as classical test theory methods. The measure is tested for predictive validity through various procedures and proves to have those properties. In addition the measure is tested for construct validity using structural equation modeling and allows for the successful classification of individuals in one of four classifications: Non-Investor, Risk Managing Investor, Conservative Investor, and Speculator. We discuss potential applications of this measure.
Keywords: financial risk-taking, behavioral finance, IRT, SEM, RISK-taking, Psychology
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