Greater Mutual Aggravation

5 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2016 Last revised: 8 Jan 2017

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Sebastian Ebert

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gemeinn├╝tzige GmbH

Diego Nocetti

Clarkson University

Harris Schlesinger

University of Alabama; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: January 6, 2017


A large strand of research has identified when (i) a single risk is undesirable and (ii) two independent risks aggravate each other. We extend this line of inquiry by establishing when (iii) mutual aggravation is greater for greater risks. This natural property of \textit{greater mutual aggravation} explains recent experimental findings on higher-order risk preferences, and can guide managerial behavior when risks in the decision environment become more severe.

Keywords: mixed risk aversion, mutual aggravation, risk apportionment, stochastic dominance, utility premium, prudence

JEL Classification: D81, D91

Suggested Citation

Ebert, Sebastian and Nocetti, Diego and Schlesinger, Harris, Greater Mutual Aggravation (January 6, 2017). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 01/2016-002, Available at SSRN: or

Sebastian Ebert (Contact Author)

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gemeinn├╝tzige GmbH ( email )

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Diego Nocetti

Clarkson University ( email )

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Harris Schlesinger

University of Alabama ( email )

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