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Clarifying Frank Knight's Discussion of the Meaning of Risk and Uncertainty

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  • Runde, Jochen

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Frank Knight's (1921) famous distinction between risk and uncertainty has entered the jargon of economics and decision theory. Yet it appears to have gone unnoticed that his formulation suffers from an elementary confusion. This note locates the source of the problem and proposes a reformulation that avoids it. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Runde, Jochen, 1998. "Clarifying Frank Knight's Discussion of the Meaning of Risk and Uncertainty," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 22(5), pages 539-546, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:22:y:1998:i:5:p:539-46
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    6. Straathof, Bas, 2002. "Micro-uncertainty and growth," Research Memorandum 001, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    7. John Finch & Nicola Dinnei, 2001. "Capturing Knightian Advantages of Large Business Organisations Through Group Decision-making Processes," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 379-403.
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