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Which Shape for the Cost Curve of Risk?

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  • Eeckhoudt, L.
  • Gollier, C.

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It is often suggested that the larger the size of risk, the larger our willingness to pay (WTP) for a given reduction of this risk. We show that this is not true in general in the expected utility model. We examine under which conditions the WTP for a marginal reduction in the size of risk is increasing. We also examine the closely related question of whether the risk premium is superadditive in the size of risk.

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  • Eeckhoudt, L. & Gollier, C., 1998. "Which Shape for the Cost Curve of Risk?," Papers 98.490, Toulouse - GREMAQ.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:gremaq:98.490
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    1. Marika Cabral & Mark R. Cullen, 2016. "Estimating the Value of Public Insurance Using Complementary Private Insurance," NBER Working Papers 22583, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Christophe Courbage & Henri Loubergé & Béatrice Rey, 2017. "On the properties of non-monetary measures for risks," Working Papers 1710, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon.
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    8. Hailin Sun & Sanxi Li & Tong Wang, 2013. "Change in risk and bargaining game," University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series 036, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..

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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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