Can Risk-Taking Preferences Be Modified? Some Experimental Evidence

  title={Can Risk-Taking Preferences Be Modified? Some Experimental Evidence},
  author={Alison Booth and Patrick James Nolen},
  journal={Behavioral \& Experimental Economics eJournal},
  • A. Booth, P. Nolen
  • Published 8 April 2014
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral & Experimental Economics eJournal
We summarize our two sets of controlled experiments designed to see whether single-sex classes within co-educational environments modify students' risk-taking attitudes. In Booth and Nolen (2012b), subjects are in school years 10 and 11, while in Booth et al. (2014), they are first-year university students randomly assigned to single-sex and co-educational classes. Both studies show that while on average females are significantly less likely than men to make risky choices, on exposure to single… 
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