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On the utility premium of Friedman and Savage

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  • EECKHOUDT, Louis
  • SCHLESINGER, Harris

We re-examine the utility premium of Friedman-Savage [Friedman, Milton and Savage, Leonard J., "The Utility Analysis of Choices Involving Risk." Journal of Political Economy 56, 1948, pp. 279-304.]. This measure is useful in understanding risky choices. For instance its reaction to an increased wealth equates to a precautionary demand for saving. We also analyze its two components.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number 2206.

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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:2206
Note: In : Economics Letters, 105, 46-48, 2009
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