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A general index of absolute risk attitude

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  • DENUIT, Michel M.
  • EECKHOUDT, Louis

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Many results involving expected utility theory call upon the notions of absolute risk aversion, prudence, and/or temperance. This paper exploits a representation of the Friedman-Savage utility premium (Friedman, M., L. J. Savage. 1948. The utility analysis of choices involving risk. J. Political Econom. 56(4) 279-304) to give a general foundation for such coefficients and for their higher-order extensions.
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  • DENUIT, Michel M. & EECKHOUDT, Louis, 2010. "A general index of absolute risk attitude," CORE Discussion Papers RP 2210, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:2210
    Note: In : Management Science, 56(4), 712-715, 2010
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