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Risky decisions in the large and in the small: Theory and experiment

Risk Aversion in Experiments

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1384-6, eISBN: 978-1-84950-547-5

Publication date: 3 June 2008


Much of the literature on theories of decision making under risk has emphasized differences between theories. One enduring theme has been the attempt to develop a distinction between “normative” and “descriptive” theories of choice. Bernoulli (1738) introduced log utility because expected value theory was alleged to have descriptively incorrect predictions for behavior in St. Petersburg games. Much later, Kahneman and Tversky (1979) introduced prospect theory because of the alleged descriptive failure of expected utility (EU) theory (von Neumann & Morgenstern, 1947).


Cox, J.C. and Sadiraj, V. (2008), "Risky decisions in the large and in the small: Theory and experiment", Cox, J.C. and Harrison, G.W. (Ed.) Risk Aversion in Experiments (Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 9-40.



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