We investigate whether experiencing a natural disaster affects risk- taking behavior. We conduct standard risk games (using real money) with randomly selected individuals in rural Indonesia. We fi nd that individuals who recently suffered a fl ood or earthquake exhibit more risk- aversion. Experiencing a natural disaster causes people to perceive that they now face a greater risk of a future disaster. We conclude that this change in perception of background risk causes people to take fewer risks. We provide evidence that experimental risk behavior is correlated with real- life risk behavior, highlighting the importance of our results.
|Pages (from-to)||484 - 515|
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||Journal of Human Resources|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|