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Intrinsic Preference for Information

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  • Grant, Simon
  • Kajii, Atsushi
  • Polak, Ben

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Suppose, following Kreps & Porteus (1978), that an agent values information not only to make contingent plans but also for itself; that is, intrinsically. What, then, is the relationship between an agent's attitude towards information and her attitude towards risk? If an agent always prefers more information, does this imply that she obeys the independence axiom?

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

Volume (Year): 83 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 233-259

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