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Even (Mixed) Risk Lovers Are Prudent

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  • David Crainich
  • Louis Eeckhoudt
  • Alain Trannoy

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The purpose of this note is to analyze properties of the risk lovers? utility function beyond the positive sign of its second order derivative. We show that??contrarily to a priori beliefs??risk lovers are prudent and are willing to accumulate precautionary savings.

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  • David Crainich & Louis Eeckhoudt & Alain Trannoy, 2013. "Even (Mixed) Risk Lovers Are Prudent," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 103(4), pages 1529-1535, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:103:y:2013:i:4:p:1529-35
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.4.1529
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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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