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Second-order ambiguous beliefs

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  • Leandro Nascimento

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  • Gil Riella

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This paper axiomatizes models of second-order ambiguous beliefs in the original domain of preferences of Anscombe and Aumann (Ann Math Stat 34:199–205, 1963 ) by weakening the first-stage independence postulate. The models we propose include the second-order subjective expected utility (SOSEU) of Seo (Econometrica 77:1575–1605, 2009 ) as a particular case. We characterize the intersection of our models of second-order ambiguity with the canonical models of (first-order) ambiguity aversion and provide a further generalization of SOSEU by relaxing the completeness axiom. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Leandro Nascimento & Gil Riella, 2013. "Second-order ambiguous beliefs," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 52(3), pages 1005-1037, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:52:y:2013:i:3:p:1005-1037
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-011-0675-x
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    1. Hideki Iwaki & Yusuke Osaki, 2014. "The dual theory of the smooth ambiguity model," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 56(2), pages 275-289, June.
    2. José Faro, 2013. "Cobb-Douglas preferences under uncertainty," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 54(2), pages 273-285, October.
    3. Giraud, Raphaël, 2014. "Second order beliefs models of choice under imprecise risk: non-additive second order beliefs vs. nonlinear second order utility," Theoretical Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 9(3), September.
    4. Yehuda Izhakian & Zur Izhakian, 2015. "Decision making in phantom spaces," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 58(1), pages 59-98, January.

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    Keywords

    Ambiguity; Second-order beliefs; Incomplete preferences; D81;

    JEL classification:

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

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