Methods for determining the form of utilities are needed for the implementation of utility theory in specific decisions. An important step forward was achieved when utility theorists characterized useful parametric families of utilities and simplifying decompositions of multiattribute utilities. The standard development of these results is based on expected utility theory which is now known to be descriptively invalid. The empirical violations of expected utility impair the credibility of utility assessments. This paper shows, however, that parametric and multiattribute utility results are robust against the major violations of expected utility. They retain their validity under nonexpected utility theories that have been developed to account for actual choice behavior. To be precise, characterizations of parametric and multiattribute representations are extended to rank-dependent utility, state-dependent utility, Choquet-expected utility, and prospect theory.

Choquet-expected, prospect theory, utility measurement, utility theory
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Operations Research
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Miyamoto, J, & Wakker, P.P. (1996). Multiattribute Utility Theory without Expected Utility Foundations. Operations Research, 44(2), 313–326. Retrieved from