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Individuals vary to the extent that they are willing
to take risk, with women and older individuals typically being more
risk averse than men and younger individuals. This talk will focus
on the association between biological variables and risk
preferences. Dreber will discuss the role of hormones and specific
genes in explaining individual variation in financial risk taking
as well as other types of risk taking, including risk taking in the
card game contract bridge.
Anna Dreber is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) in Stockholm, Sweden, and a Fellow at WAPPP. Her research interests lie in the intersection of economics, biology and psychology, and focuses on biological and cultural determinants of individual differences in risk preferences and competitiveness.