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New Methods in the Classical Economics of Uncertainty: Comparing Risks

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  • Gollier, C.
  • Kimball, M.S.

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In addition to showing the connection between parallel contingent and noncontingent risk comparison problems, we articulate a method for solving both kinds of problems using the "basis" approach. The basis approach has often been used implicitly, but we argue that there is value to making its use explicit, particularly in indicating which new, previously unsolved problems can readily be solved by the basis approach and which cannot.

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  • Gollier, C. & Kimball, M.S., 1996. "New Methods in the Classical Economics of Uncertainty: Comparing Risks," Papers 96.412, Toulouse - GREMAQ.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:gremaq:96.412
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    1. Jordi Caballe & Joan Esteban, 2007. "Stochastic Dominance and Absolute Risk Aversion," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 28(1), pages 89-110, January.
    2. Gollier, Christian & Schlesinger, Harris, 2002. "Changes in risk and asset prices," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(4), pages 747-760, May.
    3. Jouini, Elyès & Marin, Jean-Michel & Napp, Clotilde, 2010. "Discounting and divergence of opinion," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, pages 830-859.
    4. Burton Hollifield & Alan Kraus, 2009. "Defining Bad News: Changes in Return Distributions That Decrease Risky Asset Demand," Management Science, INFORMS, pages 1227-1236.
    5. Gollier, Christian, 1996. "Deductible insurance and production: A comment," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 55-59, December.

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    Keywords

    ECONOMETRICS; UNCERTAINTY; RISK;

    JEL classification:

    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C19 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Other
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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