less than the expected value of the gamble • E.g., buying insurance Risk-seeking • You would trade a sure amount for a gamble that has a smaller expected value (but the chance of a larger payout) • E.g., buying lottery tickets This informal problem description can be recast, slightly moreformally, in terms of three sorts of entities. A theory of particular interest in our analysis is the so-called expected utility theory of war (Bueno de Mesquita 1985a; Bueno de1981, Mesquita and Lalman 1992). Expected Utility 4. �@���� PA�A $|T��APA�A $|T��APA�A $|T��a��dm:=gU�E��I�b��> @DZ�8�&|A�849�YiG�,�� �l���� �6�w� ��'�7� 0000006254 00000 n 0000003163 00000 n First, there areoutcomes—object… 0000019065 00000 n The experimental evidence against expected utility theo or unconvincing. 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Rabin (2000) calibration theorem, for expected utility to provide a unified account of individuals’ attitude towards risk. • Expected utility allows people to compare gambles • Given two gambles, we assume people prefer the situation that generates the greatest expected utility – People maximize expected utility 18 Example • Job A: certain income of $50K • Job B: 50% chance of $10K and 50% chance of $90K • Expected income is the same ($50K) but in one case, This will be discussed in Sect. Suppose I am planning a long walk, and need to decide whetherto bring my umbrella. 0000002674 00000 n Economics 326: Expected Utility and the Economics of Uncertainty Ethan Kaplan October 3, 2012. So far, probabilities are objective. 0000475748 00000 n Risk aversion coefficients and portfolio choice [DD5,L4] 5. The expected utility hypothesis is a popular concept in economics, game theory and decision theory that serves as a reference guide for judging decisions involving uncertainty. • Expected utility theory adds to this preferences over uncertain combinations of bundles where uncertainty means that these bundles will be available with known probabilities that are less than unity. De nition:Full insurance is d = 1. 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The theory recommends which option a rational individual should choose in a complex situation, based on his tolerance for risk and personal preferences.. 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