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Risk preferences and robust inventory decisions

  • Jammernegg, Werner
  • Kischka, Peter
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    Recently in inventory management instead of maximizing expected profit or minimizing expected cost risk-averse objective functions have been used for determining the optimal order quantity. We use the well-known newsvendor model to determine the optimal order quantity for an objective function with two risk parameters, which can describe risk-neutral, risk-averse as well as risk-taking behaviour of the inventory manager. This approach can also be applied to situations in which the demand distribution cannot be specified uniquely. We consider robust optimization procedures--maximin and minimax regret--to determine optimal order quantities if the set of potential demand variables can be partially ordered by stochastic dominance rules.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 118 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 269-274

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:118:y:2009:i:1:p:269-274
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    1. Louis Eeckhoudt & Christian Gollier & Harris Schlesinger, 1995. "The Risk-Averse (and Prudent) Newsboy," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 41(5), pages 786-794, May.
    2. Maurice E. Schweitzer & GĂ©rard P. Cachon, 2000. "Decision Bias in the Newsvendor Problem with a Known Demand Distribution: Experimental Evidence," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 46(3), pages 404-420, March.
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