Avoiding Losses/taking Risks: Prospect Theory and International Conflict
University of Michigan Press, 1994 - 165 sidor
This volume is a comprehensive examination of the benefits and potential pitfalls of employing prospect theory---a leading alternative to expected utility as a theory of decision under risk---to understand and explain political behavior. The collection brings together both theoretical and empirical studies, thus grounding the conclusions about prospect theory's potential for enriching political analyses in an assessment of its performance in explaining actual cases.
The theoretical chapters provide an overview of the main hypotheses of prospect theory: people frame risk-taking decisions around a reference point, they tend to accept greater risk to prevent losses than to make gains, and they often perceive the devastation of a loss as greater than the benefit of a gain. The three case studies---Roosevelt's decision-making during the Munich crisis of 1938, Carter's April 1980 decision to rescue the American hostages in Iran, and Soviet behavior toward Syria in 1966-67---generally support these hypotheses. Nevertheless, the authors are frank about potentially difficult conceptual and methodological problems, making explicit reference to alternative explanations, such as the rational actor model, which posits the maximization of expected value.
Contributors to the volume include Jack Levy, Robert Jervis, Barbara Farnham, Rose McDermott, Audrey McInerney, and Eldar Shafir.
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An actor ' s attitude toward risk is conventionally defined in terms of marginal
utility or the shape of the utility function . An actor is risk - averse if the utility
function is concave , risk - neutral if the utility function is linear , and risk -
acceptant if the ...
Prospect theory suggests another hypothesis as well : actors perceive
themselves to be in the domain of losses more often than we would normally
expect . What an “ objective ” analyst might see as a domain of gains , the actor in
It is difficult to say which of these two prospects — preventive war or continued
decline — involves the greatest risks , at least in the eyes of decisionmakers , and
therefore which way a risk - seeking actor in the domain of losses would be ...
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Political Implications of Loss Aversion
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