Is Risk Aversion Irrational?

Synthese:1-13 (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
A moderately risk averse person may turn down a 50/50 gamble that either results in her winning $200 or losing $100. Such behaviour seems rational if, for instance, the pain of losing $100 is felt more strongly than the joy of winning $200. The aim of this paper is to examine an influential argument that some have interpreted as showing that such moderate risk aversion is irrational. After presenting an axiomatic argument that I take to be the strongest case for the claim that moderate risk aversion is irrational, I show that it essentially depends on an assumption that those who think that risk aversion can be rational should be skeptical of. Hence, I conclude that risk aversion need not be irrational.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2018-08-28
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Risk Aversion and the Long Run.Johanna Thoma - 2018 - Ethics 129 (2):230-253.
Counterfactual Desirability.Richard Bradley & H. Orri Stefánsson - 2017 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 68 (2):485-533.
What is Risk Aversion?Stefánsson, H. Orri & Bradley, Richard

View all 8 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total downloads
86 ( #22,872 of 37,188 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
86 ( #3,778 of 37,188 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.