Divergence between individual perceptions and objective indicators of tail risks : Evidence from floodplain residents in New York City

@inproceedings{Botzen2015DivergenceBI,
  title={Divergence between individual perceptions and objective indicators of tail risks : Evidence from floodplain residents in New York City},
  author={W. J. Wouter Botzen and Howard Kunreuther and Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan},
  year={2015}
}
This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of individual perceptions of tail risks. It focuses not only on the probability, as has been studied by Nicholas Barberis and others, but also on anticipation of damage. We examine how those perceptions relate to experts' estimates and publicly available risk information. Behavioural factors---availability bias, threshold models of choice, worry and trust---are found to have a significant impact on risk perceptions. The probability of tail… CONTINUE READING

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