Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Economics

Language

English

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.

Keywords

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

Publication Date

2008

Source Publication Title

Annals of Finance

Volume

4

Issue

1

Start Page

105

End Page

129

Publisher

Springer

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1007/s10436-007-0072-4

Link to Publisher's Edition

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

ISSN (print)

16142446

Included in

Economics Commons

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