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Ambiguity and robust statistics

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  • Cerreia-Vioglio, Simone
  • Maccheroni, Fabio
  • Marinacci, Massimo
  • Montrucchio, Luigi

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Starting with the seminal paper of Gilboa and Schmeidler (1989) [32] an analogy between the maxmin approach of decision theory under ambiguity and the minimax approach of robust statistics – e.g., Blum and Rosenblatt (1967) [10] – has been hinted at. The present paper formally clarifies this relation by showing the conditions under which the two approaches are actually equivalent.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 148 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 974-1049

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:148:y:2013:i:3:p:974-1049

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Keywords: Ambiguity; Consistency; Minimax estimation; Robust statistics; Uncertainty aversion; Variational preferences;

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  1. P Battigalli & S Cerreia-Vioglio & F Maccheroni & M Marinacci, 2012. "Selfconfirming Equilibrium and Model Uncertainty," Levine's Working Paper Archive 786969000000000376, David K. Levine.
  2. Sujoy Mukerji & Peter Klibanoff and Kyoungwon Seo, 2011. "Relevance and Symmetry," Economics Series Working Papers 539, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  3. Epstein, Larry G. & Seo, Kyoungwon, 2014. "De Finetti meets Ellsberg," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 11-26.
  4. Simone Cerreia-Vioglio, 2011. "Objective Rationality and Uncertainty Averse Preferences," Working Papers 413, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
  5. Sujoy Mukerji & Peter Klibanoff & Kyoungwon Seo, 2014. "Perceived Ambiguity and Relevant Measures," Economics Series Working Papers 711, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  6. Simone Cerreia-Vioglio & Fabio Maccheroni & Massimo Marinacci & Luigi Montrucchio, 2011. "Classical Subjective Expected Utility," Working Papers 400, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
  7. Al-Najjar, Nabil I. & De Castro, Luciano, 2014. "Parametric representation of preferences," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 642-667.
  8. Epstein, Larry G. & Halevy, Yoram, 2014. "No Two Experiments are Identical," Microeconomics.ca working papers yoram_halevy-2014-9, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 22 Feb 2014.
  9. Beißner, Patrick, 2013. "Coherent Price Systems and Uncertainty-Neutral Valuation," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 80010, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  10. Kfir Eliaz & Pietro Ortoleva, 2011. "A Variation on Ellsberg," Working Papers 2011-6, Brown University, Department of Economics.
  11. Josef Falkinger, 2014. "In search of economic reality under the veil of financial markets," ECON - Working Papers 154, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
  12. Simone Cerreia vioglio & Fabio Maccheroni & Massimo Marinacci, 2013. "Ergodic Theorems for Lower Probabilities," Working Papers 500, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
  13. Steven Kou & Xianhua Peng, 2014. "On the Measurement of Economic Tail Risk," Papers 1401.4787, arXiv.org, revised Feb 2014.
  14. Pierpaolo Battigalli & Simone Cerreia-Vioglio & Fabio Maccheroni & Massimo Marinacci, 2011. "Selfconfirming Equilibrium and Uncertainty," Working Papers 428, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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