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Risk Aversion at the Country Level


Abstract: In this paper we provide estimates of the coefficient of relative risk aversion for 80 countries using data on self-reports of personal well-being from the Gallup World Poll. For most countries we cannot reject the null hypothesis that the coefficient of relative risk aversion equals 1. We conclude that our result supports the use of the log utility function in numerical simulations.

JEL Classification: D31; D80; I31; O57;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2014-02-01

Number: 2014-5