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Increasing Interdependence of Multivariate Distributions

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  • Margaret Meyer
  • Bruno Strulovici

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Orderings of interdependence among random variables are useful in many economic contexts, for example, in assessing ex post inequality under uncertainty; in comparing multidimensional inequality; in valuing portfolios of assets or insurance policies; and in assessing systemic risk. We explore five orderings of interdependence for multivariate distributions: greater weak association, the supermodular ordering, the convex-modular ordering, the dispersion ordering, and the concordance ordering. For two dimensions, all five orderings are equivalent, whereas for an arbitrary number of dimensions n > 2, the five orderings are strictly ranked. For the special case of binary random variables, we establish some equivalences among the orderings.

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Paper provided by Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science in its series Discussion Papers with number 1523.

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Keywords: dependence ordering; stochastic orders; supermodularity; weak association; concordance JEL Classification Numbers: D63; D81; G11; G22;

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