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Comparative risk aversion when the outcomes are vectors


  • Sudhir A. Shah

    (Delhi School of Economics)


Pratt (1964) and Yaari (1969) contain the classical results pertaining to the equivalence of various notions of comparative risk aversion of von Neumann-Morgenstern utilities in the setting with real-valued outcomes. Some of these results have been extended to the setting with outcomes in

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  • Sudhir A. Shah, 2006. "Comparative risk aversion when the outcomes are vectors," Working papers 149, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:cde:cdewps:149

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    Comparative risk aversion; vector space of outcomes; acceptance set; vector-valued risk premia; vector-valued Arrow-Pratt coefficient; Pettis integral; ordered topological vector spaces; ordered Hilbert spaces;

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    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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