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    The Generalised Extreme Value Distribution as Utility Function


    Conniffe, Denis (2007) The Generalised Extreme Value Distribution as Utility Function. Department of Economics, NUIM.. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The idea that probability distribution functions could provide appropriate mathematical forms for utility functions representing risk aversion is of respectable antiquity. But the relatively few examples that have appeared in the economics literature have displayed quite restrictive risk aversion properties. This paper examines the potential of the generalised extreme value (GEV) distribution as utility function, showing it possesses considerable flexibility as regards risk aversion properties, even in its single parameter form. The paper concludes that the GEV utility function is worth considering for applications in cases where parametric parsimony matters.

    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: Department of Economics Working Paper Series N178/09/07
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 706
    Depositing User: Ms Sandra Doherty
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2007
    Publisher: Department of Economics, NUIM.
    Refereed: No
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