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Supermodularity and the Comparative Statics of Risk


  • John Quiggin


  • Robert Chambers


In this article, it is shown that a wide range of comparative statics results from expected utility theory can be extended to generalized expected utility models using the tools of supermodularity theory. In particular, a range of concepts of decreasing absolute risk aversion may be formulated in terms of the supermodularity properties of certainty equivalent representations of preferences. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • John Quiggin & Robert Chambers, 2007. "Supermodularity and the Comparative Statics of Risk," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 62(2), pages 97-117, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:62:y:2007:i:2:p:97-117
    DOI: 10.1007/s11238-006-9018-y

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    1. Osaki, Yusuke & Quiggin, John, 2008. "Stochastic dominance representation of optimistic belief: Theory and applications," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 101(3), pages 275-278, December.

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    supermodularity; comparative statics; risk;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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