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Indifference pricing with uncertainty averse preferences


  • Giammarino, Flavia
  • Barrieu, Pauline


We consider the indifference valuation of an uncertain monetary payoff from the perspective of an uncertainty averse decision maker. We study how the indifference valuation depends on the decision maker’s attitudes toward uncertainty. We obtain a characterization of comparative uncertainty aversion and various characterizations of increasing, decreasing, and constant uncertainty aversion.

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  • Giammarino, Flavia & Barrieu, Pauline, 2011. "Indifference pricing with uncertainty averse preferences," MPRA Paper 40636, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 09 Mar 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:40636

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    1. Giammarino, Flavia & Barrieu, Pauline, 2013. "Indifference pricing with uncertainty averse preferences," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 22-27.
    2. Qian Lin, 2015. "Dynamic indifference pricing via the G-expectation," Papers 1503.08628,

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    Indifference Pricing; Uncertainty Aversion; Risk Measures; Quasiconvexity; Cash-Subadditivity;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles


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