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The Firm under Uncertainty with General Risk-Averse Preferences: A State-Contingent Approach


  • Quiggin, John
  • Chambers, Robert G


This paper summarizes and synthesizes recent developments in the state-contingent theory of production under uncertainty presented by Chambers and Quiggin (2000) with a particular focus on the case of generalized expected utility preferences. The problem of the risk-averse firm under price and production uncertainty is analyzed using a state-contingent production technology and general risk-averse preferences. The concept of an efficient frontier, which identifies all potentially optimal production plans for weakly risk-averse decisionmakers, is introduced and used to develop comparative static results. For constant absolute risky technologies, the efficient frontier is shown to correspond to a unique isocost contour. Copyright 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Quiggin, John & Chambers, Robert G, 2001. "The Firm under Uncertainty with General Risk-Averse Preferences: A State-Contingent Approach," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 22(1), pages 5-20, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:22:y:2001:i:1:p:5-20

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    1. Hurley, Terrance M., 2016. "Slutsky, Let Me Introduce You to Arrow-Pratt: Competitive Price Effects with Uncertain Production," Staff Papers 250204, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
    2. John Quiggin, 2001. "Production under Uncertainty and Choice under Uncertainty in the Emergence of Generalized Expected Utility Theory," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 51(2), pages 125-144, December.
    3. Walter Briec & Laurent Cavaignac, 2009. "An extension of the multi-output state-contingent production model," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 39(1), pages 43-64, April.
    4. Chavas, Jean-Paul & Barham, Bradford, 2007. "On Microeconomic Efficiency and Entrepreneurship under Bounded Rationality," Staff Paper Series 516, University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    5. Jean-Paul Chavas, 2012. "On learning and the economics of firm efficiency: a state-contingent approach," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 53-62, August.
    6. Dalal, Ardeshir J. & Alghalith, Moawia, 2009. "Production decisions under joint price and production uncertainty," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 197(1), pages 84-92, August.

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