The time resolution of the St Petersburg paradox

  title={The time resolution of the St Petersburg paradox},
  author={Ole Peters},
  journal={Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences},
  pages={4913 - 4931}
  • O. Peters
  • Published 19 November 2010
  • Economics
  • Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences
A resolution of the St Petersburg paradox is presented. In contrast to the standard resolution, utility is not required. Instead, the time-average performance of the lottery is computed. The final result can be phrased mathematically identically to Daniel Bernoulli's resolution, which uses logarithmic utility, but is derived using a conceptually different argument. The advantage of the time resolution is the elimination of arbitrary utility functions. 

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