Using Personality Assessment and Situational Queries to Understand Risk Tolerance in Emerging Adults
19 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2021
Date Written: October 1, 2020
We extend the work of Pan and Statman (2013) by investigating correlations between personality traits and risk tolerance among emerging adults. We score respondents on the Big Five personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. We then analyze correlations between these traits and reported characteristics of risk tolerance: overconfidence, maximization, regret, trust, life satisfaction, and the propensity to attribute success to luck over skill. We find correlations that describe relationships between conscientiousness and the propensity to attribute success to luck over skill, as well as a lack of overconfidence; between openness and the propensity for maximization; and between neuroticism and the propensity for overconfidence. We underscore the nuanced dimensions of investor preferences. We discuss neuroticism and its effects on self-reporting in the context of risk assessment and financial consulting.
Keywords: RIsk Assessment, Risk Tolerance, Personality Traits, Behavioral Finance
JEL Classification: G10, G11, G41
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