The Relation of Risk Attitudes and Other-Regarding Preferences: A Within-Subjects Analysis
12 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2015 Last revised: 4 Apr 2016
Date Written: February 4, 2016
In this paper we provide experimental evidence on the relation of individual risk attitudes and subjects' aversion to favorable inequality. In a within-subjects design we expand Blanco et al.'s (2011) modified dictator game by the risk-elicitation task of Eckel and Grossman (2002). Our data show strong support for a significant negative correlation between risk tolerance and an aversion to favorable inequality. The results are independent of gender, i.e., women and men show a similar correlation in these traits. We present a simple evolutionary model, analyzing the coevolution of risk attitudes and inequality aversion. The model predicts the observed negative relation between the two traits.
Keywords: Experiment,Other-Regarding Preferences, Risk Preferences
JEL Classification: C91, D64, D81
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