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Relative Uncertainty and Additively Representable Set Rankings

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  • BOSSERT, Walter
  • SLINKO, Arkadii

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This paper proposes a definition of relative uncertainty aversion for decision models under complete uncertainty. It is shown that, for a large class of decision rules characterized by a set of plausible axioms, the new criterion yields a complete ranking of those rules with respect to the relative degree of uncertainty aversion they represent. In addition, we address a combinatorial question that arises in this context, and we examine conditions for the additive representability of our rules.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2004-13.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2004-13

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Keywords: Choice under comete uncertainty; uncertainty aversion; additive reesentability;

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