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Supermodularity and the Comparative Statics of Risk

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  • John Quiggin

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  • Robert Chambers

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In this article, it is shown that a wide range of comparative statics results from expected utility theory can be extended to generalized expected utility models using the tools of supermodularity theory. In particular, a range of concepts of decreasing absolute risk aversion may be formulated in terms of the supermodularity properties of certainty equivalent representations of preferences. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Volume (Year): 62 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 97-117

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:62:y:2007:i:2:p:97-117

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Keywords: supermodularity; comparative statics; risk;

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  1. Osaki, Yusuke & Quiggin, John, 2008. "Stochastic dominance representation of optimistic belief: Theory and applications," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 101(3), pages 275-278, December.

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