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Calibration Results for Non-Expected Utility Theories

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  • Zvi Safra
  • Uzi Segal

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Rabin (2000) proved that a low level of risk aversion with respect to small gambles leads to a high, and absurd, level of risk aversion with respect to large gambles. Rabin's arguments strongly depend on expected utility theory, but we show that similar arguments apply to general non-expected utility theories. Copyright 2008 The Econometric Society.

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  • Zvi Safra & Uzi Segal, 2008. "Calibration Results for Non-Expected Utility Theories," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 76(5), pages 1143-1166, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:76:y:2008:i:5:p:1143-1166
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