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On the utility premium of Friedman and Savage

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  • L. Eeckhoudt

    (LEM - Lille - Economie et Management - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UCL - Université catholique de Lille - Université de Lille)

  • H. Schlesinger

Abstract

We re-examine the utility premium of Friedman-Savage [Friedman, Milton and Savage, Leonard J., "The Utility Analysis of Choices Involving Risk." Journal of Political Economy 56, 1948, pp. 279-304.]. This measure is useful in understanding risky choices. For instance its reaction to an increased wealth equates to a precautionary demand for saving. We also analyze its two components.
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  • L. Eeckhoudt & H. Schlesinger, 2009. "On the utility premium of Friedman and Savage," Post-Print hal-00567969, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00567969
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