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Home | News | Paper by Han Bleichrodt and alumnus Paul van Bruggen accepted for The Review of Economics and Statistics
News | November 19, 2020

Paper by Han Bleichrodt and alumnus Paul van Bruggen accepted for The Review of Economics and Statistics

The paper ‘The Reflection Effect for Higher Order Risk Preferences' by research fellow Han Bleichrodt (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and alumnus Paul van Bruggen (Tilburg University) has been accepted for publication in the The Review of Economics and Statistics and is now online.

Paper by Han Bleichrodt and alumnus Paul van Bruggen accepted for The Review of Economics and Statistics

Abstract

Higher order risk preferences are important determinants of economic behaviour. We apply insights from behavioural economics: we measure higher order risk preferences for pure gains and losses. We find a reflection effect not only for second order risk preferences, like Kahneman and Tversky (1979), but also for higher order risk preferences: we find risk aversion, prudence and intemperance for gains, and much more risk loving preferences, imprudence and temperance for losses. These findings are at odds with a universal preference for combining good with bad or good with good, which previous results suggest may underlie higher order risk preferences.

Read full paper here.

Article Citation:
Han Bleichrodt and Paul van Bruggen, “The Reflection Effect for Higher Order Risk Preferences”, The Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming, https://doi.org/10.1162/rest_a_00980