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Mean-Variance Portfolio Selection with Reference Dependent Preferences

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  • Sergiy Gerasymchuk

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We study S-shaped utility maximization for the standard portfolio selection problem with one risky and one risk-free asset. We derive a mean-variance criterium of choice, which preserves reference dependence and the reflection effect. Subsequently, we study diversification possibilities and obtain the demand for the risky asset. We close the paper with an alternative interpretation of the criterium in terms of target-based decision making.

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  • Sergiy Gerasymchuk, 2007. "Mean-Variance Portfolio Selection with Reference Dependent Preferences," Working Papers 150, Department of Applied Mathematics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
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    1. Marco LiCalzi, 2005. "A language for the construction of preferences under uncertainty," Game Theory and Information 0509002, EconWPA.
    2. Erio Castagnoli & Marco LiCalzi, 2005. "Expected utility without utility," Game Theory and Information 0508004, EconWPA.
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    Cited by:

    1. de Farias Neto, Joao Jose, 2008. "S-shaped utility, subprime crash and the black swan," MPRA Paper 12122, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Sergiy Gerasymchuk, 2008. "Asset return and wealth dynamics with reference dependent preferences and heterogeneous beliefs," Working Papers 160, Department of Applied Mathematics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.

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    Keywords

    portfolio selection; S-shaped utility; prospect theory; reference point; mean-variance analysis; demand for the risky asset; target-based decisions.;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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