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Estimating Risk Aversion from Arrow-Debreu Portfolio Choice

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This paper derives necessary and sufficient conditions for Arrow-Debreu choices of contingent consumption to be compatibl e with the maximization of a state-independent expected utility funct ion that exhibits increasing or decreasing absolute risk aversion, or increasing or decreasing relative risk aversion. The conditions can be used to bound different measures of risk aversion based on a singl e observation of Arrow-Debreu portfolio choice. Copyright 1988 by The Econometric Society.

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  • Varian, Hal R, 1988. "Estimating Risk Aversion from Arrow-Debreu Portfolio Choice," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 56(4), pages 973-979, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:56:y:1988:i:4:p:973-79
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    1. Ian Crawford & Bram De Rock, 2014. "Empirical Revealed Preference," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 6(1), pages 503-524, August.
    2. Felix Kubler & Larry Selden & Xiao Wei, 2014. "Asset Demand Based Tests of Expected Utility Maximization," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 104(11), pages 3459-3480, November.
    3. Matthew Polisson & John Quah & Ludovic Renou, 2015. "Revealed preferences over risk and uncertainty," IFS Working Papers W15/25, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    4. Alistair C. Bruce & Johnnie E. V. Johnson & John D. Peirson & Jiejun Yu, 2009. "An Examination of the Determinants of Biased Behaviour in a Market for State Contingent Claims," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 76(302), pages 282-303, April.

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