Framing Effects and Risk Perception: Testing Graphical Representations of Risk for the KIID

32 Pages Posted: 19 May 2015

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Remo Stössel

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance

Anna Meier

FINREG

Date Written: May 15, 2015

Abstract

In this paper we analyze which graphical representation of risk is most effective in supporting investors to assess the risk and return characteristics of a fund. Moreover, we test on which criteria the investors base their risk taking behavior. To this end we compare return bar charts and price line charts, combined with some additional information such as a risk scale or a gain and loss range.

We find that the risk communication with bar charts performs relatively well, except with regard to communicating the possibility of losses. Furthermore, we find that people generally underestimate risks and overestimate return. We additionally find that risk perception has the strongest influence on risk taking behavior, and in particular that a higher risk perception leads to less risk taking.

Keywords: risk communication, risk perception, risk comparability, risk awareness, loss aversion, performance path influence, risk taking behavior, graphical communication, KIID

JEL Classification: C93, G11

Suggested Citation

Stössel, Remo and Meier, Anna, Framing Effects and Risk Perception: Testing Graphical Representations of Risk for the KIID (May 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2606615

Remo Stössel (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

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Zürich, 8032
Switzerland

Anna Meier

FINREG ( email )

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Zurich, CH-8001
Switzerland

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