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A Reconsideration of Arrow-Lind: Risk Aversion, Risk Sharing, and Agent Choice

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  • Eric Fesselmeyer
  • Leonard J. Mirman
  • Marc Santugini

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We consider the original Arrow-Lind framework in which a government undertakes a risky project to be shared among many taxpayers. In our model, the taxpayers decide the level of participation in the risky project. Moreover, the amount of taxes collected by the government fully finances the public project. In this case, we show that projects cannot be evaluated only on the basis of expected benefits since the resulting tax determined by the model is incompatible with any risk sharing.

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  • Eric Fesselmeyer & Leonard J. Mirman & Marc Santugini, 2012. "A Reconsideration of Arrow-Lind: Risk Aversion, Risk Sharing, and Agent Choice," Cahiers de recherche 1201, CIRPEE.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:1201
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    1. Mirman, Leonard J. & Santugini, Marc, 2013. "Firms, shareholders, and financial markets," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 53(2), pages 152-164.
    2. Arrow, Kenneth J & Lind, Robert C, 1970. "Uncertainty and the Evaluation of Public Investment Decisions," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 60(3), pages 364-378, June.
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    Keywords

    Arrow-Lind Theorem; Risk aversion; Risk sharing; Choice;

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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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