Estimating Risk Attitudes in Denmark: A Field Experiment
UCF Economics Working Paper No. 04-07
41 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2005
Date Written: February 2005
We estimate individual risk attitudes using controlled experiments in the field in Denmark. These risk preferences are elicited by means of field experiments involving real monetary rewards. The experiments were carried out across Denmark using a representative sample of 253 people between 19 and 75 years of age. Risk attitudes are estimated for various individuals differentiated by socio-demographic characteristics such as income and age. Our results indicate that the average Dane is risk averse, and that risk neutrality is an inappropriate assumption to apply. We also find that risk attitudes vary significantly with respect to several important socio-demographic variables. We also report support for constancy of relative risk aversion for the Danish population as a whole, and for all the identifiable subgroups of the population considered here. These findings have important implications for the characterization of risk attitudes in policy applications, theoretical modeling, and experimental economics.
Keywords: Risk aversion, experimental economics, field experiments
JEL Classification: D81, C93
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