Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86143
Authors: 
Vieider, Ferdinand M.
Truong, Nghi
Martinsson, Peter
Pham Khanh Nam
Martinsson, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2013-403
Abstract: 
We obtain rich measures of risk preferences of poor farmers in Vietnam, and estimate structural models that capture risk preferences over different probability levels and across different domains (gains and losses). The results break radically with the previous literature on risk preferences, in developed and developing countries alike. Far from being particularly risk averse, our Vietnamese farmers are on average risk neutral. At the same time, we find our preference measures to perform well at predicting behavior, from the purchase of lottery tickets to risk management on the farm. We also find strong direct evidence of a risk-income paradox. While risk aversion is strongly decreasing in income within our farmer subject population, our Vietnamese farmers are significantly less risk averse than subjects in Western countries according to measurements obtained using the same decision tasks and procedures.
Subjects: 
risk preferences
development
external validity
JEL: 
C93
D03
D80
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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