Document Type

Journal Article

Department/ Unit

Department of Economics

Abstract

Levy and Wiener (J Risk Uncertain 16(2), 147–163, 1998), Levy and Levy (Manage Sci 48(10), 1334–1349, 2002; Rev Fin Stud 17(4), 1015–1041, 2004) develop the prospect and Markowitz stochastic dominance theory with S-shaped and reverse S-shaped utility functions for investors. In this paper, we extend their work on prospect stochastic dominance theory (PSD) and Markowitz stochastic dominance theory (MSD) to the first three orders and link the corresponding S-shaped and reverse S-shaped utility functions to the first three orders. We also provide experiments to illustrate each case of the MSD and PSD to the first three orders and demonstrate that the higher order MSD and PSD cannot be replaced by the lower order MSD and PSD. Furthermore, we formulate the following PSD and MSD properties: hierarchy exists in both PSD and MSD relationships; arbitrage opportunities exist in the first orders of both PSD and MSD; and for any two prospects under certain conditions, their third order MSD preference will be ‘the opposite of’ or ‘the same as’ their counterpart third order PSD preference. By extending the work of Levy and Wiener and Levy and Levy, we provide investors with more tools to identify the first and third order PSD and MSD prospects and thus they could make wiser choices on their investment decision.

Publication Year

2008

Journal Title

Annals of Finance

Volume number

4

Issue number

1

Publisher

Springer

First Page (page number)

105

Last Page (page number)

129

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1007/s10436-007-0072-4

ISSN (print)

1614-2446

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10436-007-0072-4

Keywords

Prospect stochastic dominance, Markowitz stochastic dominance, Risk seeking, Risk averse, S-shaped utility function, Reverse S-shaped utility function

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