A Utility Equivalence Theorem for Concave Functions

  • Anand Bhalgat
  • Sanjeev Khanna
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8494)


Given any two sets of independent non-negative random variables and a non-decreasing concave utility function, we identify sufficient conditions under which the expected utility of sum of these two sets of variables is (almost) equal. We use this result to design a polynomial-time approximation scheme (PTAS) for utility maximization in a variety of risk-averse settings where the risk is modeled by a concave utility function. In particular, we obtain a PTAS for the asset allocation problem for a risk-averse investor as well as the risk-averse portfolio allocation problem.


Utility Maximization Optimal Portfolio Concave Function Stochastic Dominance Utility Maximization Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anand Bhalgat
    • 1
  • Sanjeev Khanna
    • 2
  1. 1.Facebook Inc.USA
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaUSA

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