Risky Sports and the Value of Information

Leiter, Andrea M. and Rheinberger, Christoph (2013) Risky Sports and the Value of Information. TSE Working Paper, n. 13-382, Toulouse

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We develop a theoretical account of how athletes engaged in risky sports value riskreducing
information and use stated-preference data from a sample of backcountry skiers to
empirically challenge the predictions of our model. Risk taking in this specific context depends
on the athlete’s personal attitudes toward risky activities and his strategies to control the risk.
Usage of specific information is one strategy of risk control. We estimate the demand value for
avalanche information. Caution is however warranted because unobserved factors may jointly
affect the athlete’s perception of risk and his willingness-to-pay for obtaining the information.
We use a recursive two stage estimation approach to account for endogeneity concerns. Our
results indicate that the demand value of information increases with wealth and perceived risk
and tends to decrease with better skills to control risk and more information about the prevailing
field conditions. These results support our theoretical predictions and suggest that variation in
athletes’ WTP can be explained by their beliefs about the usefulness of information.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: February 2013
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-controlled risk, endogeneity, risky sports, value of information, WTP
JEL codes: D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
J17 - Value of Life; Forgone Income
Q26 - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:33
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 14:34
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:26934
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/15534

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