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Compatibility of Expected Utility and µ/s Approaches to Risk for a Class of Non Location-Scale Distributions

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  • Gerry Boyle

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    (Economics Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

  • Denis Conniffe

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    (Economics Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

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Proofs of compatibility of the expected utility and µ/s approaches to incorporating uncertainty in decision making exist for at least some utility functions and location-scale distributions. But there are severe constraints and it is desirable to investigate compatibility more widely. We do so for the class of distributions that are transformable to location-scale form by concave transformation and where the utility functions remain concave under transformation. The class is important, containing distributions such as the lognormal and Pareto, usually considered more appropriate for modelling income or wealth than those in the location-scale family.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1670406.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1670406

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  1. Conniffe, Denis, 2008. "Generalised Means of Simple Utility Functions with Risk Aversion," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 39(1), pages 1-12.

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