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The Valuation of Contingent Claims Markets


  • Schlee, Edward E
  • Schlesinger, Harris


This article studies an agent's valuation of the right to trade in a complete contingent claims market. The proposed measure generalizes the Pratt(1964) risk premium, which captures the willingness to pay to replace a given risky wealth prospect with an actuarially equivalent, nonrisky wealth. Specifically, we define a generalized risk premium to be the willingness to pay to trade at going market prices. If state prices are actuarially fair, the Pratt premium is obtained as a special case. We derive several properties of this generalized premium and note its relationship to the option price of a public project under uncertainty. Copyright 1993 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Schlee, Edward E & Schlesinger, Harris, 1993. "The Valuation of Contingent Claims Markets," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 6(1), pages 19-31, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:6:y:1993:i:1:p:19-31

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    1. Robert F. Nau, 2003. "A Generalization of Pratt-Arrow Measure to Nonexpected-Utility Preferences and Inseparable Probability and Utility," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 49(8), pages 1089-1104, August.

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