Smooth ambiguity aversion toward small risks and continuous-time recursive utility

Costis Skiadas*

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Assuming Brownian/Poisson uncertainty, a certainty equivalent {eth}CE{Thorn} based on the smooth second-order expected utility of Klibanoff, Marinacci, and Mukerji is shown to be approximately equal to an expectedutility CE. As a consequence, the corresponding continuous-time recursive utility form is the same as for Kreps-Porteus utility. The analogous conclusions are drawn for a smooth divergence CE, based on a formulation of Maccheroni,Marinacci, and Rustichini, but only under Brownian uncertainty. Under Poisson uncertainty, a smooth divergence CE can be approximated with an expected-utility CE if and only if it is of the entropic type. A nonentropic divergence CE results in a new class of continuous-time recursive utilities that price Brownian and Poissonian risks differently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-792
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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