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Overconfidence bias and conjunction fallacy in predicting outcomes of football matches


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Erceg, Nikola and Galić, Zvonimir. (2014). Overconfidence bias and conjunction fallacy in predicting outcomes of football matches. Journal of economic psychology, 42. pp. 52-62. ISSN 0167-4870

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The aim of this study was to explore the occurrence of the overconfidence bias and the conjunction fallacy in betting behavior among frequent and sporadic bettors and to test whether it was influenced by the task format (probability vs. frequencies). Frequent bettors (N = 67) and sporadic bettors (N = 63) estimated whether the bets on football games presented to them via an on-line questionnaire would be successful. The bets consisted of singles (one match outcomes) and conjunctions (two matches outcomes), and were presented either in probability or frequency terms. Both frequent and sporadic bettors showed similar levels of the overconfidence bias. However, the frequent bettors made the conjunction fallacy more often than the sporadic bettors. The presentation of the task in the frequency terms significantly reduced the overconfidence bias in comparison to the evaluations in probability terms, but left the conjunction fallacy unaffected.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: overconfidence bias, conjunction fallacy, betting, probability, frequency
Subjects: Psychology > Opća psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 12:00
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 12:00

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