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The risk premium and the effects of risk on utility

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  • M. Menegatti

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This work shows that the risk premium can be a mistaken measure of the reduction in utility caused by uncertainty since, when different level of wealth are considered, the relative size of the former is related to that of the latter only in some cases. The analysis indicates that this is because the size of the risk premium depends both on the size of the disutility of risk and on the size of the marginal utility of money. Some simple economic problems where this conclusion is relevant are also examined.

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  • M. Menegatti, 2007. "The risk premium and the effects of risk on utility," Economics Department Working Papers 2007-EP10, Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy).
  • Handle: RePEc:par:dipeco:2007-ep10
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    Keywords

    Risk premium; Uncertainty; Utility;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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