Investment in Education Under Disappointment Aversion
10 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2016
Date Written: November 2016
This paper develops a model of risky investment in education under disappointment aversion, modeled as loss aversion around one's endogenous expectation. The model shows that disappointment aversion reduces the optimal investment in education for lower ability people and increases it for higher ability people, thereby magnifying the investment gap between them generated by the riskiness of education. Policies aimed at in influencing students' expectations can reduce early dropout.
Keywords: education, risk, disappointment aversion, endogeneous reference points
JEL Classification: D03, D81, I21
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