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Skewness as an explanation of gambling in cumulative prospect theory

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Abstract:

Skewness of return has been suggested as a reason why agents might choose to gamble, ceteris paribus, in cumulative prospect theory (CPT). We investigate the relationship between moments of return in two models where agents choices over uncertain outcomes are determined as in CPT. We illustrate via examples that in CPT theory, as with expected utility theory, propositions that agents have a preference for skewness may be invalid.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840601007476

Affiliations: 1: University of Wales, Bangor, UK 2: Lancaster University Management School, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, LA1 4YX, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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