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Revealed preference tests under risk and uncertainty

  • Matthew Polisson


  • John K.-H. Quah


Consider a finite data set where each observation consists of a bundle of contingent consumption chosen from a constraint set of contingent consumption bundles. We develop a general procedure for testing the consistency of such a data set with a broad class of models of choice under risk or uncertainty. Unlike previous tests, we do not require that the agent has a concave Bernoulli utility function.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 13/24.

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Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:13/24
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