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Demographic determinants of incident experience and risk perception: do high-risk groups accurately perceive themselves as high-risk?
Karlstad Business School, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden; Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), Karlstad, Sweden; Department of Economics, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1113-7478
Toulouse School of Economics (LERNA, UT1C, CNRS), Toulouse, France.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 20, no 1, 99-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes demographic determinants of incident experience and risk perception, as well as the relationship between the two, for eight different risk domains. Analyses were conducted by merging the results of a Swedish population-based survey, which includes approximately 15,000 individuals, with demographic and socio-economic register data. Being male was associated with higher incident experience yet a lower risk perception for nearly all risk domains. Lower socioeconomic status was associated with higher incident experience for falls, and being a victim of violence but lower incident experience for road traffic accidents. Lower socioeconomic status was also associated with higher risk perception for falls. On aggregate, ranking the different domains, respondents' risk perception was in almost perfect correspondence to the ranking of actual incident experience, with the exception that the risk of being a victim of violence is ranked higher than indicated by actual incident experience. On a demographic group level, men and highly educated respondents perceive their risks to be lower than what is expected considering their actual incident experience.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 20, no 1, 99-117 p.
Keyword [en]
incident experience, risk perception, injuries, beliefs
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56164DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2015.1042499ISI: 000392852900006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84930147648OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56164DiVA: diva2:1078985
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Funding Agencies:

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser 

Available from: 2017-03-07 Created: 2017-03-07 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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