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Risk taking and sharing when risk exposure is interdependent

Barr, Abigail; Owens, Trudy; Perera, Ashira

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Professor of Economics

Associate Professor

Ashira Perera


© 2020 Elsevier B.V. Using a specially designed experiment, we investigate whether and how interdependence in risk exposure, i.e., risk taking by some members of a potential risk sharing group affecting not only their own but also their co-members' risk exposure, affects both risk taking and ex post sharing. The experimental subjects were Sri Lankan small-holders who face interdependent risk and share when neighbors fall on hard times in everyday life. We find that the Sri Lankan farmers reward socially responsible risk taking and, under some circumstances, punish socially irresponsible risk taking. Their behavior is consistent with socially responsible risk taking being cost-dependent, although, here, the statistical evidence is inconclusive. Finally, social responsibility in risk taking and ex post sharing do not appear to be substitutes, rather, they appear to be co-determined.


Barr, A., Owens, T., & Perera, A. (2020). Risk taking and sharing when risk exposure is interdependent. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 176, 445-460.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 12, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 16, 2020
Publication Date Aug 1, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 17, 2021
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Print ISSN 0167-2681
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 176
Pages 445-460
Keywords Economics and Econometrics; Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
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