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On risk aversion, classical demand theory, and KM preferences

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  • Leonard Mirman

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  • Marc Santugini

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Building on Kihlstrom and Mirman (Journal of Economic Theory, 8(3), 361–388, 1974 )’s formulation of risk aversion in the case of multidimensional utility functions, we study the effect of risk aversion on optimal behavior in a general consumer’s maximization problem under uncertainty. We completely characterize the relationship between changes in risk aversion and classical demand theory. We show that the effect of risk aversion on optimal behavior depends on the income and substitution effects. Moreover, the effect of risk aversion is determined not by the riskiness of the risky good, but rather the riskiness of the utility gamble associated with each decision. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Leonard Mirman & Marc Santugini, 2014. "On risk aversion, classical demand theory, and KM preferences," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 51-66, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:48:y:2014:i:1:p:51-66
    DOI: 10.1007/s11166-014-9182-3
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    1. Antoniadou, Elena & Mirman, Leonard J. & Santugini, Marc, 2016. "The income effect under uncertainty: A Slutsky-like decomposition with risk aversion," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 169-178.

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    Keywords

    Classical demand theory; Consumer choice; Income and substitution effects; Risk aversion; D01; D81; D91;

    JEL classification:

    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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