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Understanding the Effect of Risk Aversion on Risk

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Understanding the Effect of Risk Aversion on Risk
As we progress, society must intelligently address the following question: How much risk is acceptable? How we answer this question could have important consequences for the future state of our nation and the dynamics of its social structure. In this work, we will elucidate and demonstrate, using a physically based model, that the attempt to eliminate all thinkable risks in our society may be setting us up for even larger risks. In order to illustrate this point the simplest example is something with which we are all familiar and have known from the time we were very young. When children burn their finger on a hot item they learn the consequences of touching fire. This small risk has taught the child to avoid larger risks. In trying to avoid these small risks as well as larger risks, one runs the dual danger of not learning from the small events and of having difficulty in differentiating between large and small risks. We will illustrate this problem with a series of social dynamics e...
U. S. Bhatt, David E. Newman, Benjamin A. Carreras
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where HICSS
Authors U. S. Bhatt, David E. Newman, Benjamin A. Carreras, Ian Dobson
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