Evidence for Countercyclical Risk Aversion : An Experiment with Financial Professionals

@inproceedings{Cohn2014EvidenceFC,
  title={Evidence for Countercyclical Risk Aversion : An Experiment with Financial Professionals},
  author={Alain Cohn and Jan Engelmann and Ernst Fehr and Michel Andr{\'e} and Mar{\'e}chal},
  year={2014}
}
Countercyclical risk aversion can explain major puzzles such as the high volatility of asset prices. Evidence for its existence is, however, scarce because of the host of factors that simultaneously change during financial cycles. We circumvent these problems by priming financial professionals with either a boom or a bust scenario. Subjects primed with a financial bust were substantially more fearful and risk averse than those primed with a boom, suggesting that fear may play an important role… CONTINUE READING

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