An Investigation of the Relationship Between Constraint Omission and Risk Aversion in Firm Risk Programming Models Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractA model with omitted resource constraints is suggested as an alternative to a risk aversion model for explaining economic behavior. This paper uses two standard mathematical programming models to further explore this issue. One model is a standard profit maximization linear programming model and the other is a risk averse quadratic programming model with part of the constraints deleted. Theoretical investigation of these models demonstrates that risk aversion can substitute for omitted resource constraints. A small empirical model is then solved under both formulations. With resource constraints deleted, positive risk aversion is necessary to obtain a similar enterprise organization as under profit maximization with complete constraints. These two solutions are then interpreted with the theoretical optimality conditions.

published proceedings

  • Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics

author list (cited authors)

  • Musser, W. N., McCarl, B. A., & Smith, G. S.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Musser, Wesley N||McCarl, Bruce A||Smith, G Scott

publication date

  • December 1986