Skewness preference, mean-variance and the demand for put options
This paper compares the mean-variance and the mean-variance-skewness approaches to modelling expected utility. Attention is focused on a problem encountered in risk management: determining the optimal demand for a put option hedging the return on an asset with a negatively skewed return distribution. It is demonstrated theoretically that incorporating positive skewness preference into the decision-maker's objective function typically produces a reduction in the demand for put options when compared with the mean-variance solution. A state-dependent example is provided to illustrate how a mean-variance-skewness objective can result in a significant reduction in the optimal amount of crop insurance demanded when compared with the mean-variance solution. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 20 (1999)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
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