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The Distorted Theory of Rank-Dependent Expected Utility

  • Hui Huang

    (Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina)

  • Shunming Zhang

    (China Financial Policy Research Center, Renmin University of China)

This paper re-examines the rank-dependent expected utility theory. Firstly, we follow Quiggin's assumption (Quiggin 1982) to deduce the rank-dependent expected utility formula over lotteries and hence extend it to the case of general random variables. Secondly, we utilize the distortion function which reflects decision-makers' beliefs to propose a distorted independence axiom and then to prove the representation theorem of rank-dependent expected utility. Finally, we make direct use of the distorted independence axiom to explain the Allais paradox and the common ratio effect.

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Volume (Year): 12 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 233-263

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