Standard Risk Aversion and Efficient Risk Sharing
journal contributionposted on 13.05.2019, 15:32 by Richard M. H. Suen
This paper analyzes the risk attitude and investment behavior of a group of heterogeneous consumers who face an uninsurable background risk. It is shown that standard risk aversion at the individual level does not imply standard risk aversion at the group level under efficient risk sharing. This points to a potential divergence between individual and collective portfolio choices in the presence of background risk. We show that if the members’ absolute risk tolerance is increasing and satisfies a strong form of concavity, then the group has standard risk aversion.