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The Ross Characterization of Risk Aversion: Strengthening and Extension

Mark Machina () and William Neilson ()

Econometrica, 1987, vol. 55, issue 5, 1139-49

Abstract: This paper offers an interpretive comparison of the Arrow-Pratt and Ross characterizations of comparative risk aversion for expected utility maximizers. The tools used in this comparison are then applied to obtain a strengthening of the Ross cha racterization. This strengthened result is in turn extended to the ca se of general, smooth, nonexpected utility preferences over probabili ty distributions. Copyright 1987 by The Econometric Society.

Date: 1987
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