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On Risk Aversion and Bargaining Outcomes

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  • Volij, Oscar
  • Winter, Eyal

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We revisit the well-known result that asserts that an increase in the degree of one's risk aversion improves the position of one's opponents. To this end, we apply Yaari's dual theory of choice under risk both to Nash's bargaining problem and to Rubinstein's game of alternating offers. Under this theory, unlike under expected utility, risk aversion influences the bargaining outcome only when this outcome is random, namely, when the players are risk lovers. In this case, an increase in one's degree of risk aversion increases one's share of the pie.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10130.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published in Games and Economic Behavior 2002, vol. 41 no. 1, pp. 120-140
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  1. Volij, Oscar, 2002. "A remark on bargaining and non-expected utility," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 17-24, September.
  2. Nir Dagan & Oscar Volij & Eyal Winter, 2001. "The Time-Preference Nash Solution," Discussion Paper Series dp265, The Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  3. Huang, Rachel J. & Huang, Yi-Chieh & Tzeng, Larry Y., 2013. "Insurance bargaining under ambiguity," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(3), pages 812-820.
  4. Ross Cressman, Maria Gallego, 2005. "On the Ranking of Bilateral Bargaining Opponents," Working Papers eg0043, Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Economics, revised 2005.
  5. Kohlscheen, Emanuel & O’Connell, Stephen, 2008. "On Risk Aversion in the Rubinstein Bargaining Game," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 878, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

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