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Experimental and self-reported measures of risk taking and digit ratio (2D:4D): evidence from a large, systematic study

Brañas-Garza, Pablo, Galizzi, Matteo M. and Nieboer, Jeroen (2018) Experimental and self-reported measures of risk taking and digit ratio (2D:4D): evidence from a large, systematic study. International Economic Review, 59 (3). 1131 - 1157. ISSN 0020-6598

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Identification Number: 10.1111/iere.12299

Abstract

We systematically investigate the links between the digit ratio (2D:4D)—a biomarker for prenatal testosterone exposure—and two measures of individual risk taking: (i) risk preferences (RP) over lotteries with real monetary incentives and (ii) self‐reported risk attitude (RA). We find that both the right‐hand and the left‐hand digit ratio are significantly associated with RP: Subjects with lower digit ratios tend to choose riskier lotteries. Neither digit ratio, however, is associated with self‐reported RA.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C90 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C92 - Laboratory, Group Behavior
D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D44 - Auctions
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
Sets: Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 12:47
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:17
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80747

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