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Even (Mixed) Risk Lovers Are Prudent

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  • David Crainich
  • Louis Eeckhoudt
  • Alain Trannoy

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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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 103 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (June)
Pages: 1529-1535

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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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