Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73487
Authors: 
Bruenner, Tobias
Levinsk´y, Rene
Qiu, Jianying
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics 2009-13
Abstract: 
In this paper we experimentally test skewness preferences at the individual level. Several prospects that can be ordered with respect to the third-degree stochastic dominance (3SD) criterion are ranked by the participants of the experiment. We find that the skewness of a distribution has a significant impact on the decisions. Yet, while skewness has an impact, its direction differs substantially across subjects: 39% of our subjects act in accordance with skewness seeking and 10% seem to avoid skewness. On the level of individual decisions we find that the variance of the prospects and subjects' experience increases the probability of choosing the lottery with greater skewness.
Subjects: 
Skewness
Stochastic dominance
Decision-making under uncertainty
JEL: 
D81
C91
G11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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