## Abstract

Using the 'addition of uncorrelated noise' as a natural definition of increasing risk for multivariate lotteries, I interpret risk aversion as the willingness to pay a (possibly random) vector premium in exchange for a reduction in multivariate risk. If no restriction is placed on the sign of any co-ordinate of the vector premium then (as was the case in Kihlstrom and Mirman's (1974) analysis) only pairs of expected utility maximizers with the same ordinal preferences for outcomes can be ranked in terms of their aversion to increasing risk. However, if we restrict the premium to be a non-negative random variable then comparisons of aversion to increasing risk may be possible between expected utility maximizers with distinct ordinal preferences for outcomes. The relationship between their utility functions is precisely the multi-dimensional analog of Ross's (1981)global condition for strongly more risk averse.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 131-152 |

Number of pages | 22 |

Journal | Theory and Decision |

Volume | 38 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Mar 1995 |