Data for: Variation in risk seeking behaviour following large losses: A natural experiment

Published: 09-12-2016| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/vjh5b9g79r.1
Lionel Page


Abstract of associated article: This study explores people׳s risk taking behaviour after having suffered large real-world losses following a natural disaster. Using the margins of the 2011 Australian floods (Brisbane) as a natural experimental setting, we find that homeowners who were victims of the floods and face large losses in property values are 50% more likely to opt for a risky gamble – a scratch card giving a small chance of a large gain ($500,000) – than for a sure amount of comparable value ($10). This finding is consistent with prospect theory predictions regarding the adoption of a risk-seeking attitude after a loss.