Risk Incomprehension and Its Economic Consequences
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Sohn, K. 2016. Risk Incomprehension and Its Economic Consequences. Journal of Development Studies. 52 (11): pp. 1545-1560.
Journal of Development Studies
Department of Economics & Property
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Almost all theoretical and empirical studies implicitly assume that every economic agent understands the concept of risk. We exploited a unique feature of the Indonesian Family Life Survey and argued that this assumption may not apply to the developing world. A third of working men failed to understand the concept of risk, and this incomprehension did not result from a mistake or a preference for simple answers. Moreover, after applying OLS, we found that relative to risk comprehensive men, risk incomprehensive men earned 11.9 per cent less and possessed household assets worth 9.8 per cent less.
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