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Choice under uncertainty with the best and worst in mind: neo-additive capacities

Alain Chateauneuf (), Jürgen Eichberger and Simon Grant ()
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Jürgen Eichberger: Department of Economics - Universität Heidelberg [Heidelberg]

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Abstract: We develop the simplest generalization of subjective expected utility that can accommodate both optimistic and pessimistic attitudes towards uncertainty--Choquet expected utility with non-extreme-outcome-additive (neo-additive) capacities. A neo-additive capacity can be expressed as the convex combination of a probability and a special capacity, we refer to as a Hurwicz capacity, that only distinguishes between whether an event is impossible, possible or certain. We show that neo-additive capacities can be readily applied in economic problems, and we provide an axiomatization in a framework of purely subjective uncertainty.

Keywords: Subjective mixtures; Comonotonic preferences; Choquet expected utility; Optimism; Pessimism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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Published in Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, 2007, 137 (1), pp.538-567. ⟨10.1016/j.jet.2007.01.017⟩

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2007.01.017

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