Journal article

Children’s rationality, risk attitudes and field behavior

M Castillo, JL Jordan, R Petrie

European Economic Review | Elsevier | Published : 2018


We investigate the relationship between risk attitudes, choice consistency and field behavior of children by conducting economic experiments with 1,275 8th graders. Choices are not completely consistent with any of the economic theories we consider, however, they are not random either. We use our experimental data to structurally estimate risk preferences and correct for decision error. Using a measure constructed from the estimates and individual choices, we find that risk preferences do predict future field behavior. Children who are more risk averse are less likely to receive disciplinary referrals one and two years after the experiment and are more likely to complete high school, even co..

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