Information Acquisition and Decisions under Risk and Ambiguity

Date: 2014-05
By: Ralf Bergheim
This paper experimentally investigates individual information acquisition and decisions in ambiguous situations in which the degree of ambiguity can endogenously and individually be decreased by the subjects. In particular, I analyze how risk aversion, ambiguity attitude and personality traits are related to an individual’s information acquisition prior to a decision and to the decision itself based on this information. I focus on urn decisions and conduct treatments that consider the loss and gain domain separately and that vary the amount of available information and the probabilistic structure.
Keywords: Ambiguity aversion; risk aversion; experiment; decision making; information acquisition; personality traits
JEL: C91 D03 D81

The Role of Emotions on Risk Aversion: A prospect theory experiment

Date: 2013-03
By: Campos-Vazquez, Raymundo M.
Cuilty, Emilio
This study measures risk and loss aversion using Prospect Theory and the impact of emotions on those parameters. Our controlled experiment at two universities in Mexico City, using uncompensated students as research subjects, found results similar to those obtained by Tanaka et al. (2010). In order to study the role of emotions, we provided subjects with randomly varied information on rising deaths due to drug violence in Mexico and also on youth unemployment. In agreement with previous studies, we find that risk aversion on the gains domain decreases with age and income. We also find that loss aversion decreases with income and is less for students in public universities. With regard to emotions, risk aversion increases with sadness and loss aversion is negatively influenced by anger. On the loss domain, anger dominates sadness. On average, anger reduces loss aversion by half.
Keywords: Risk Aversion; Emotions; Prospect Theory; Experiment; Mexico
JEL: C93