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Risk aversion and the long run

Thoma, Johanna (2018) Risk aversion and the long run. Ethics. ISSN 0014-1704 (In Press)

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This paper argues that Lara Buchak’s risk-weighted expected utility (REU) theory fails to offer a true alternative to expected utility theory. Under commonly held assumptions about dynamic choice and the framing of decision problems, rational agents are guided by their attitudes to temporally extended courses of action. If so, REU theory makes approximately the same recommendations as expected utility theory. Being more permissive about dynamic choice or framing, however, undermines the theory’s claim to capturing a steady choice disposition in the face of risk. I argue this poses a challenge to alternatives to expected utility theory more generally.

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Additional Information: © 2018 University of Chicago Press
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2018 16:11
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 11:11

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