By Mark Rubinstein
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From the modern perspective, state-prices reflect not only probabilities but also levels of risk and risk aversion. qxd 1/12/06 The Ancient Period: Pre-1950 1:40 PM Page 27 27 payoffs X or 0 would be worth X/2 would not generally be true if that gamble were traded in a market that did not also include its inverse gamble with payoffs 0 or X in the corresponding states. When both exist in the same quantity in the same market (as Huygens seems to assume), since their individual risks can be completely diversified away, they should be priced at their expected payoffs.
On the other hand, if instead P < X/2, then the two players could collude and make a sure profit at the expense of the promoter. Huygens now considers a revised lottery in which the winner agrees to pay the loser a consolation prize 0 < K < X so that neither player will end up out of pocket; that is, the payoff to each player will be either X – K or K, with equal chance. Huygens assumes this will not change the price P of the lottery (Assumption 2). ” Huygens starts by proving three propositions: 1.
Each player stakes X. The lottery is fair since the total payoff is X × (n1 + n2) and each player has an equal chance of winning. The first player makes an agreement with the n1 – 1 players that if he wins he will pay each of them A, and if any one of them wins instead, the winner agrees to pay him A. With the n2 players, if he wins, he agrees to pay each of them B, and if any one of them wins, the winner agrees to pay him B. From this, by an argument similar to the earlier propositions, he proves Proposition 3.