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Cautiousness in the small and in the large

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Abstract

We characterize cautiousness, a downside risk aversion measure,
using a simple portfolio problem in which agents invest in a stock, a
risk-free bond, and an option on the stock. We present two different
characterizations by answering the following two questions respectively: who buys the option? who buys more options per share of the stock? Our characterizations use a strong notion of an increase in skewness defined by Van Zwet (1964).