To make predictions with theories, usually we assume an individual's characteristics such as uncertainty preferences to be stable over time. In this paper, we analyze the stability of ambiguity preferences experimentally. We repeatedly elicit ambiguity attitudes towards multiple 3-color Ellsberg urns over a period of two months. In our data, 57% of the choices are consistent with stable preferences over the time of observation. This share is signicantly higher than random choices would suggest, but signicantly lower than the level of consistency in a control treatment without a time lag (71%). Interestingly, for subjects who are able to recall their decision after two months correctly, the share of consistent choices does not drop signicantly over time.

Dürsch, Peter, Daniel Römer and Benjamin Roth (2013), Intertemporal stability of ambiguity preferences, University of Heidelberg Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series No. 548, Heidelberg. Download

Authors

Dürsch, Peter
Römer, Daniel
Roth, Benjamin

Keywords

uncertainty, stability of preferences, experiment