2012, pp 143-163

Scoring and Predicting Risk Preferences

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Abstract

This study presents a methodology to determine risk scores of individuals, for a given financial risk preference survey. To this end, we use a regression-based iterative algorithm to determine the weights for survey questions in the scoring process. Next, we generate classification models to classify individuals into risk-averse and risk-seeking categories, using a subset of survey questions. We illustrate the methodology through a sample survey with 656 respondents. We find that the demographic (indirect) questions can be almost as successful as risk-related (direct) questions in predicting risk preference classes of respondents. Using a decision-tree based classification model, we discuss how one can generate actionable business rules based on the findings.