Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 155–175

Dynamic processes in risk perception

  • George Loewenstein
  • Jane Mather

DOI: 10.1007/BF00056370

Cite this article as:
Loewenstein, G. & Mather, J. J Risk Uncertainty (1990) 3: 155. doi:10.1007/BF00056370


This article examines how public concern about different social problems changes over time in response to fluctuations in problem severity. Examining time series of concern and objective severity for nine different problems, both graphically and econometrically, we address three main questions. First, how closely does concern track fluctuations in problem severity? Second, what psychological processes mediate the relationship between concern and problem severity? Finally, what factor(s) distinguish between problems for which tracking is accurate and inaccurate?

Key words

risk perception

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Loewenstein
    • 1
  • Jane Mather
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of ChicagoChicago
  2. 2.Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of ChicagoUSA