Antonio Filippin

  • Current position:
    Assistant Professor, University of Milan, Italy
  • Research interest:
    Experimental economics, behavioral economics
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  • Affiliations:
    University of Milan, Italy, and IZA, Germany
  • Qualifications:
    PhD, Economics, European University Institute, 2003
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    Providing accessible reading of sound research is a deeply needed though difficult endeavor. When leaving the realm of academia to be presented to a wider audience results are often presented in a catchy but insufficiently rigorous way. IZA World of Labor is instead committed at maintaining high standards and is therefore an excellent project that bridges the gap between academia and policy making
  • Selected publications:
    • “A reconsideration of gender differences in risk attitudes.” Management Science (Forthcoming) (with P. Crosetto).
    • “The effect of group identity on distributive choice: Social preference or heuristic?” The Economic Journal (Forthcoming) (with F. Guala).
    • “A theoretical and experimental appraisal of four risk elicitation methods.” Experimental Economics (Forthcoming) (with P. Crosetto).
    • “The effect of tax enforcement on tax morale.” European Journal of Political Economy 32:C (2013): 320–331 (with C. V. Carlo and E. Viviano).
    • "The ‘bomb’ risk elicitation task." Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 47:1 (2013): 31–65 (with P. Crosetto).
  • Articles

Gender differences in risk attitudes

Belief in the existence of gender differences in risk attitudes is stronger than the evidence supporting it

May 2016

10.15185/izawol.100 100

by Antonio Filippin Filippin, A

Many experimental studies and surveys have shown that women consistently display more risk-averse behavior than men when confronted with decisions involving risk. These differences in risk preferences, when combined with gender differences in other behavioral traits, such as fondness for competition, have been used to explain important phenomena in labor and financial markets. Recent evidence has challenged this consensus, however, finding gender differences in risk attitudes to be smaller than previously thought and showing greater heterogeneity of results depending on the method used to measure risk aversion.