Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/208082
Authors: 
Karle, Heiko
Engelmann, Dirk
Peitz, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper No. 182
Publisher: 
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Collaborative Research Center Transregio 190 - Rationality and Competition, München und Berlin
Abstract: 
In this paper, we match data on student performance in a multiple-choice exam with data on student risk preferences that are extracted from a classroom experiment. We find that more-loss-averse students leave more questions unanswered and perform worse in the multiple-choice exam when giving an incorrect answer is penalized compared to not answering. We provide evidence that loss aversion parameters extracted from lottery choices in a controlled experiment have predictive power in a field environment of decision making under uncertainty. Furthermore, the degree of loss aversion appears to be persistent over time, as the experiment was conducted three months prior to the exam. We also find important differences across genders; they are partly explained by differences in loss aversion.
Subjects: 
Loss Aversion
Decision Making under Uncertainty
Multiple Choice
JEL: 
C91
D01
D11
D83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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