Status, Control Beliefs, and Risk Taking

  • Date: Nov 16, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dietmar Fehr (Universität Heidelberg)
  • Location: MPI
  • Room: Ground Floor

We show that relative standing in the wealth distribution shape individuals’ willingness to take risks. Using a representative large-scale survey, we manipulate perceptions of relative standing by randomly varying response categories when asking respondents about their wealth level. Respondents who are induced to perceive their relative standing as low display more tolerance towards risk in a subsequent incentivized lottery task. This effect is mainly driven by individuals who more firmly believe that life outcomes are beyond their control. This interaction between risk taking and underlying beliefs highlights the benefits of incorporating personality constructs into economic analysis.

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