The Foster-Hart measure of riskiness for general gambles

Frank Riedel, Tobias Hellmann
2015 Theoretical Economics  
Foster and Hart propose a measure of riskiness for discrete random variables. Their defining equation has no solution for many common continuous distributions. We show how to extend consistently the definition of riskiness to continuous random variables. For many continuous random variables, the risk measure is equal to the worst-case risk measure, i.e. the maximal possible loss incurred by that gamble. For many discrete gambles with a large number of values, the Foster-Hart riskiness is close
more » ... riskiness is close to the maximal loss. We give a simple characterization of gambles whose riskiness is or is close to the maximal loss.
doi:10.3982/te1499 fatcat:vmgbb6e3jndcddfnurlcepstde