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On the intensity of downside risk aversion

  • CRAINICH, David
  • EECKHOUDT, Louis

    (Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE))

The degree of downside risk aversion (or equivalently prudence) is so far usually measured by -U'''/U''. We propose here another measure, U'''/U', which has interesting properties, different from those related to -U'''/U''. It also appears that the two measures are not mutually exclusive. Instead, they seem to be rather complementary as shown through an economic application.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2007088.

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