Do Risk Preferences Change? Evidence from Panel Data Before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake

60 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2015 Last revised: 25 Apr 2016

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Chie Hanaoka

Kyoto Sangyo University

Hitoshi Shigeoka

Simon Fraser University (SFU); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Yasutora Watanabe

University of Tokyo - Graduate School of Economics

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Date Written: July 2015

Abstract

We investigate whether individuals’ risk preferences change after experiencing a natural disaster, specifically, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Exploiting the panels of nationally representative surveys on risk preferences, we find that men who experienced greater intensity of the Earthquake became more risk tolerant after the Earthquake. Furthermore, these men gamble more, which is consistent with the direction of changes in risk preferences. We find no such pattern for women. Finally, the effects on men’s risk preferences are persistent even five years after the Earthquake at almost the same magnitude as those shortly after the Earthquake.

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Hanaoka, Chie and Shigeoka, Hitoshi and Watanabe, Yasutora, Do Risk Preferences Change? Evidence from Panel Data Before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake (July 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21400, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2636160

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