# Expected utility without utility

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DOI: 10.1007/BF00136129

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- Castagnoli, E. & Calzi, M.L. Theor Decis (1996) 41: 281. doi:10.1007/BF00136129

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## Abstract

This paper advances an interpretation of Von Neumann-Morgenstern's expected utility model for preferences over lotteries which does not require the notion of a cardinal utility over prizes and can be phrased entirely in the language of probability. According to it, the expected utility of a lottery can be read as the probability that this lottery outperforms another given independent lottery. The implications of this interpretation for some topics and models in decision theory are considered.

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Expected utilitycardinal utilitybenchmarkrisk attitudestochastic dominance## Copyright information

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