Deciding When to Quit: Reference-Dependence over Slot Machine Outcomes
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AbstractWe conduct tests for reference dependent loss aversion using slot machine gamblers' decisions on when to quit playing for a visit to a casino. Evidence for a lagged status-quo reference point is found in the aggregate, while endogenously determined reference points are found when conditioning on betting intensity choices. Significant deviations from the distributions implied by random quitting support the loss aversion and diminishing sensitivity hypotheses.
CitationLien, Jaimie W., and Jie Zheng. 2015. "Deciding When to Quit: Reference-Dependence over Slot Machine Outcomes." American Economic Review, 105 (5): 366-70. DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20151036
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