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A nonsmooth approach to nonexpected utility theory under risk

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  • Chatterjee, Kalyan
  • Vijay Krishna, R.
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    We consider concave and Lipschitz continuous preference functionals over monetary lotteries. We show that they possess an envelope representation, as the minimum of a bounded family of continuous vN-M preference functionals. This allows us to use an envelope theorem to show that results from local utility analysis still hold in our setting, without any further differentiability assumptions on the preference functionals. Finally, we provide an axiomatisation of a class of concave preference functionals that are Lipschitz.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 166-175

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:62:y:2011:i:3:p:166-175

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    1. Simone Cerreia-Vioglio & David Dillenberger & Pietro ortoleva, 2013. "Cautious Expected Utility and the Certainty Effect," Working Papers 488, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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