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Prospect theory and two moment model: the firm under price uncertainty

  • Broll, Udo
  • Egozcue, Martín
  • Wong, Wing-Keung

Within the prospect theory the paper examines production and hedging decisions of a competitive firm under price uncertainty. We consider the prospect theory for the firm's utility function in the two moment model known as (mu,sigma)-preference. In contrast to the literature our findings show that the production under uncertainty can be larger than in the certainty case. Furthermore, we demonstrate that although the futures markets are unbiased the firm is overhedging.

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Paper provided by Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics in its series Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics with number 01/09.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:tuddps:0109
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