Theory and Decision

, Volume 82, Issue 3, pp 403–414 | Cite as

Piecewise linear rank-dependent utility

  • Craig S. WebbEmail author


Choice under risk is modelled using a piecewise linear version of rank-dependent utility. This model can be considered a continuous version of NEO-expected utility (Chateauneuf et al., J Econ Theory 137:538–567, 2007). In a framework of objective probabilities, a preference foundation is given, without requiring a rich structure on the outcome set. The key axiom is called complementary additivity.


Rank-dependent utility Security and potential level preferences Optimism Pessimism 

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I am grateful for the comments of an anonymous reviewer. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economics, School of Social SciencesThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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