Do personal values explain variation in satisficing measures of risk?

Ranganathan, Kavitha (2021) Do personal values explain variation in satisficing measures of risk? Management Decision, 59 (7). pp. 1642-1663. ISSN 1642-1663

[img] Text
A435_Kavitha Ranganathan_Do personal value explain variation....pdf
Restricted to Registered users only

Download (1MB) | Request a copy
Official URL:


Purpose – The role of personal value systems as antecedents to risk has been largely ignored. Following Gigerenzer’s view of ecological rationality, the authors argue an individual’s personal value system serves as concrete motivations that guide risky choices and facilitate adaptation to one’s environment. Design/methodology/approach – The authors elicit risk attitudes using a satisficing-based risk elicitation method that exploits the idea of worst-case aspiration or minimum portfolio returns given a portfolio comprising a safe and risky prospect. The elicited worst-case aspiration allows for more descriptive and natural ways of characterizing attitudes to risk (i.e. satisficing measures of risk). Using the Schwartz Value Survey, the authors assess the relative importance individuals place on value systems, such as personal focus versus social focus. The authors argue that preference to value systems has linkages with the worst-case aspiration setting emphasized in the satisficing task. Findings – This study’s findings suggest that individuals who are willing to give up higher potential returns to protect their downside risk (by setting higher worst-case aspiration) are positively associated with personal focus—concern about own outcomes than social focus—concern about the outcomes for others or established institutions. Research limitations/implications – Currently, the study’s setting is in the domain of financial decision�making. Going forward, milestones could be set for studying risky real-world choices by simply changing the risk measure in different contexts, such as job choices, education, health and social interactions. Originality/value – This study contributes to the discussion on the psychometric structure of risk. Prescriptive benefits of satisficing as a positive heuristic, which is interpreted as setting achievable goals or aspiration levels, are extensive and recognized in various industries ranging from agriculture, airlines, insurance to financial advising. More recently, cognitive processes, such as emotions and personal value systems, are recognized as a type of social cognition that subserve heuristic functions that can guide behavior quickly and accurately.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk elicitation, Satisficing, Heuristics, Personal values, Individual behavior
Subjects: Finance
Finance > Financial Management/Corporate Finance
Divisions: Finance and Strategy
Depositing User: Mr. Muralidhara D
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2021 04:58
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 04:58

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year