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Compatibility of Expected Utility and Approaches to Risk for a Class of Non Location-Scale Distributions

Boyle, Gerry and Conniffe, Denis (2006) Compatibility of Expected Utility and Approaches to Risk for a Class of Non Location-Scale Distributions. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Proofs of compatibility of the expected utility and approaches to incorporating uncertainty in decision making exist for at least some utility functions and location-scale distributions. But there are severe constraints and it is desirable to investigate compatibility more widely. We do so for the class of distributions that are transformable to location-scale form by concave transformation and where the utility functions remain concave under transformation. The class is important, containing distributions such as the lognormal and Pareto, usually considered more appropriate for modelling income or wealth than those in the location-scale family.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economics
Item ID: 302
Depositing User: Ms Sandra Doherty
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Refereed: No
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