Machina (2009) introduced two examples that falsify Choquet expected utility, presently one of the most popular models of ambiguity. This article shows that Machina's examples falsify not only the model mentioned, but also four other popular models for ambiguity of the literature, namely maxmin expected utility, variational preferences, α-maxmin, and the smooth model of ambiguity aversion. Thus, Machina's examples pose a challenge to most of the present field of ambiguity. Finally, the paper discusses how an alternative representation of ambiguity-averse preferences works to accommodate the Machina paradoxes and what drives the results.

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Keywords decision-making, risk, uncertainty
JEL Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty (jel D81)
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.4.1547, hdl.handle.net/1765/25729
Journal The American Economic Review
Citation
Baillon, A, Haridon, L', O, & Placido, L. (2011). Ambiguity models and the machina paradoxes. The American Economic Review, 101(4), 1547–1560. doi:10.1257/aer.101.4.1547