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Expected Utility Illustrated: A Graphical Analysis of Gambles with More than Two Possible Outcomes


  • Frederick H. Chen


The author presents a simple geometric method to graphically illustrate the expected utility from a gamble with more than two possible outcomes. This geometric result gives economics students a simple visual aid for studying expected utility theory and enables them to analyze a richer set of decision problems under uncertainty compared to what they typically see in an intermediate-level microeconomics course.

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  • Frederick H. Chen, 2010. "Expected Utility Illustrated: A Graphical Analysis of Gambles with More than Two Possible Outcomes," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(1), pages 63-70, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:41:y:2010:i:1:p:63-70
    DOI: 10.1080/00220480903382214

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