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Safety-First Criteria and Their Measures of Risk

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A cardinal measure of risk which represents the safety-first criteria is defined. The functional form of that measure is determined for a subgroup of risk-averse agents that do not have money illusion. An empirical illustration of possible applications of that measure shows a method of identifying the subgroup of agents for which a given alternative dominates the others—in a group of risky alternatives when none of these alternatives dominates any of the others according to the first and the second criteria of stochastic dominance. Copyright 1996, Oxford University Press.

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  • David Bigman, 1996. "Safety-First Criteria and Their Measures of Risk," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 78(1), pages 225-235.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:78:y:1996:i:1:p:225-235
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