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Article: The heritability of attitude toward economic risk

TitleThe heritability of attitude toward economic risk
Authors
KeywordsBehaviour genetics
Economic risk
Experimental economics
Issue Date2009
PublisherAustralian Academic Press Pty Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/Publications/Journals/Twin_R/TResearch.htm
Citation
Twin Research And Human Genetics, 2009, v. 12 n. 1, p. 103-107 How to Cite?
AbstractThe propensity to take risk underpins a wide variety of decision-making behavior, ranging from common ones such as asking for directions and trying out a new restaurant to more substantial economic decisions involving, for instance, one's investment or career. Despite the fundamental role of risk attitude in the economy, its genetic basis remains unknown. Using an experimental economics protocol combined with a classical twin strategy, we provide the first direct evidence of the heritability of economic risk attitude, at 57%. We do not find a significant role for shared environmental effects, a common observation in behavioral genetics that is contrary to commonly held views in economics. Our findings complement recent neuroeconomic studies in enhancing the understanding of the neurobiological basis of risk taking.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59703
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.339
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.384
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dc.contributor.authorChew, SHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSet, Een_HK
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorXue, Hen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSham, PCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorEbstein, RPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorIsrael, Sen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:55:44Z-
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dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationTwin Research And Human Genetics, 2009, v. 12 n. 1, p. 103-107en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe propensity to take risk underpins a wide variety of decision-making behavior, ranging from common ones such as asking for directions and trying out a new restaurant to more substantial economic decisions involving, for instance, one's investment or career. Despite the fundamental role of risk attitude in the economy, its genetic basis remains unknown. Using an experimental economics protocol combined with a classical twin strategy, we provide the first direct evidence of the heritability of economic risk attitude, at 57%. We do not find a significant role for shared environmental effects, a common observation in behavioral genetics that is contrary to commonly held views in economics. Our findings complement recent neuroeconomic studies in enhancing the understanding of the neurobiological basis of risk taking.en_HK
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dc.subjectBehaviour geneticsen_HK
dc.subjectEconomic risken_HK
dc.subjectExperimental economicsen_HK
dc.titleThe heritability of attitude toward economic risken_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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