Risk, ambiguity, and the value of diversification
Loïc Berger and
Louis Eeckhoudt ()
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Louis Eeckhoudt: IESEG School of Management, UMR 9221-LEM, F-59000 Lille, France
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Diversification is a basic economic principle that helps to hedge against uncertainty. It is therefore intuitive that both risk aversion and ambiguity aversion should positively affect the value of diversification. In this paper, we show that this intuition (1) is true for risk aversionbut (2) is not necessarily true for ambiguity aversion. We derive sufficient conditions, showing that, contrary to the economic intuition, ambiguity and ambiguity aversion may actually reduce the diversification value.
Keywords: Diversification; ambiguity aversion; model uncertainty; hedging (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
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