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Putting risk in its proper place

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  • L. Eeckhoudt

    (UMR CNRS 8179 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Université de Lille, Sciences et Technologies)

  • H. Schlesinger

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This paper examines preferences toward particular classes of lottery pairs. We show how such concepts as prudence and temperance can be fully characterized by a preference relation over these lotteries. If preferences are defined in an expected-utility framework with differentiable utility, the direction of preference for a particular class of lottery pairs is equivalent to signing the nth derivative of the utility function. What makes our characterization appealing is its simplicity, which seems particularly amenable to experimentation.
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  • L. Eeckhoudt & H. Schlesinger, 2006. "Putting risk in its proper place," Post-Print hal-00283170, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00283170
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