Learning Under Uncertainty with Multiple Priors: Experimental Investigation Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Bland, James R; Rosokha, Yaroslav


  • We run an experiment to compare belief formation and learning under ambiguity and under compound risk at the individual level. We estimate a four-type mixture model assuming that, for each type of uncertainty, subjects may either learn according to Bayes’ Rule or learn according to a multiple priors model of learning. Our results indicate that majority of subjects are Bayesian, both under compound risk and under ambiguity, while the second most frequent type are subjects that are Bayesian under compound risk but who use a multiple priors model of learning under ambiguity. In addition, we find strong evidence against a common assumption that participants’ initial beliefs (and priors) are consistent with information provided about the uncertain process.


publication date

  • 2021

published in

start page

  • 157

end page

  • 176


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