Manipulating Reliance on Intuition Reduces Risk and Ambiguity Aversion

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2013

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Jeffrey V. Butler

Dept. of Economics, University of California, Merced

Luigi Guiso

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics; Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

Prior research suggests that those who rely on intuition rather than effortful reasoning when making decisions are less averse to risk and ambiguity. The evidence is largely correlational, however, leaving open the question of the direction of causality. In this paper, we present experimental evidence of causation running from reliance on intuition to risk and ambiguity preferences. We directly manipulate participantsĀ’ predilection to rely on intuition and find that enhancing reliance on intuition lowers the probability of being ambiguity averse by 30 percentage points and increases risk tolerance by about 30 percent in the experimental subā€population where we would a priori expect the manipulation to be successful (males).

Keywords: ambiguity aversion, decision theory, dual systems, intuitive thinking, risk aversion

JEL Classification: D81, D83

Suggested Citation

Butler, Jeffrey Vincent and Guiso, Luigi and Jappelli, Tullio, Manipulating Reliance on Intuition Reduces Risk and Ambiguity Aversion (May 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9461, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2262163

Jeffrey Vincent Butler (Contact Author)

Dept. of Economics, University of California, Merced ( email )

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Luigi Guiso

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

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Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF

University of Naples Federico II
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Italy

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