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Explaining the harmonic sequence paradox

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  • Ulrich Schmidt
  • Alexander Zimper

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According to the harmonic sequence paradox (Blavatskyy 2006), an expected utility decision maker's willingness-to-pay for a gamble whose expected payoffs evolve according to the harmonic series is finite if and only if his marginal utility of additional income becomes zero for rather low payoff levels. Since the assumption of zero marginal utility is implausible for finite payoffs levels, expected utility theory—as well as its standard generalizations such as cumulative prospect theory—are apparently unable to explain a finite willingness-to-pay. The present paper presents first an experimental study of the harmonic sequence paradox. Additionally, it demonstrates that the theoretical argument of the harmonic sequence paradox only applies to time-patient decision makers whereas the paradox is easily avoided if time-impatience is introduced

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1724.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1724

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Keywords: St. Petersburg Paradox; Expected Utility; Time-Preferences;

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  1. Tversky, Amos & Kahneman, Daniel, 1992. " Advances in Prospect Theory: Cumulative Representation of Uncertainty," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 5(4), pages 297-323, October.
  2. Pavlo Blavatskyy, 2006. "Harmonic sequence paradox," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 28(1), pages 221-226, 05.
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