Volume 4, Number 3, Third Quarter 2006
Bruno de Finetti is generally regarded as the finest Italian mathematician of the 20th century. Among his many achievements, economists are familiar with his work on the axiomatization of subjective probability. To the surprise of many, a treasure-trove of other results in economics has recently come to light which until now has never been translated into English. Foremost among these is his paper, The Problem of Full-Risk Insurances, which anticipates much of Markowitz’s mean-variance portfolio theory by over a decade. This issue of the Journal includes Luca Barone’s translation of de Finetti’s first chapter on this subject and a review by Harry Markowitz.