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An overview of economic applications of David Schmeidler`s models of decision making under uncertainty

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  • Sujoy Mukerji
  • Jean-Marc Tallon

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This paper surveys some economic applications of the decision theoretic framework pioneered by David Schmeidler. We have organized the discussion around three themes: financial markets, contractual arrangements and game theory. The first section discusses papers that have contributed to a better understanding of financial market outcomes based on ambiguity aversion. The second section focusses on contractual arrangements and is divided into two sub-sections. The first sub-section reports research on optimal risk sharing arrangements, while in the second sub-section, discusses research on incentive contracts. The third section concentrates on strategic interaction and reviews several papers that have extended different game theoretic solution concepts to settings with ambiguity averse players. A final section deals with several contributions that are linked only at a formal level, in terms of the pure mathematical structures involved, with Schmeidler`s models of decision making under ambiguity. The contributions involve issues such as, inequality measurement, intertemporal decision making and multi-attribute choice.

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  • Sujoy Mukerji & Jean-Marc Tallon, 2003. "An overview of economic applications of David Schmeidler`s models of decision making under uncertainty," Economics Series Working Papers 165, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Ellsberg Paradox; ambiguity aversion; uncertainty aversion.;

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    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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