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A More General Measure Of Risk Aversion When Utility Is State-Dependent


  • KELSEY, D.


In this paper, the authors propose a method for comparing risk aversion within the state-dependent utility model. This model is useful for analyzing economic problems relating to health or life. The authors extend the Arrow-Pratt measure of risk aversion to the case where utility is state-dependent. Their measure is a generalization of earlier methods of comparing risk aversion in this context, since it agrees with them where they are defined, but can be applied to a much larger class of utility functions. The authors show how their analysis can be applied to a simple model of demand for insurance. Copyright 1991 by Royal Economic Society.
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  • Kelsey, D. & Nordquist, G.L., 1989. "A More General Measure Of Risk Aversion When Utility Is State-Dependent," Papers 177, Australian National University - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:aunaec:177

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    1. Liqun Liu & Andrew Rettenmaier & Thomas Saving, 2009. "Conditional payments and self-protection," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 159-172, April.


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