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On the Smooth Ambiguity Model: A Reply

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  • Sujoy Mukerji
  • Peter Klibanoff

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Epstein (2009) describes three Ellsberg-style thought experiments and argues that they pose difficulties for the smooth ambiguity model of decision making under uncertainty developed by Klibanoff, Marinacci and Mukerji (2005). We revisit these thought exeperiments and find, to the contrary, that they either point to strengths of the smooth ambiguity model compared to other models, such as the maximum expected utility model (Gilboa and Schmeidler, 1989), or, in the case of one thought experiment, raise criticisms that apply equally to a broad range of current ambiguity models.

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  • Sujoy Mukerji & Peter Klibanoff, 2009. "On the Smooth Ambiguity Model: A Reply," Economics Series Working Papers 449, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Ambiguity; Uncertainty; Knightian uncertainy; Ambiguity aversion; Uncertainty aversion; Ellsberg paradox; Ambiguity attitude;

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    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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