We characterize, in the Anscombe–Aumann framework, the preferences for which there are a utility function u on outcomes and an ambiguity index c on the set of probabilities on the states of the world such that, for all acts f and g, f is preferred to g if and only if min{E[u(f),p]+c(p)}>min{E[u(g),p]+c(p)}. The function u represents the decision maker’s risk attitudes, while the index c captures his ambiguity attitudes. These preferences include the multiple priors preferences of Gilboa and Schmeidler and the multiplier preferences of Hansen and Sargent. This provides a rigorous decision-theoretic foundation for the latter model, which has been widely used in macroeconomics and finance.

Ambiguity aversion, robustness, and the variational representation of preferences

Maccheroni, Fabio;Marinacci, Massimo
;
Rustichini, Aldo
2006

Abstract

We characterize, in the Anscombe–Aumann framework, the preferences for which there are a utility function u on outcomes and an ambiguity index c on the set of probabilities on the states of the world such that, for all acts f and g, f is preferred to g if and only if min{E[u(f),p]+c(p)}>min{E[u(g),p]+c(p)}. The function u represents the decision maker’s risk attitudes, while the index c captures his ambiguity attitudes. These preferences include the multiple priors preferences of Gilboa and Schmeidler and the multiplier preferences of Hansen and Sargent. This provides a rigorous decision-theoretic foundation for the latter model, which has been widely used in macroeconomics and finance.
2006
Maccheroni, Fabio; Marinacci, Massimo; Rustichini, Aldo
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