Maybe it gets clearer if you compare the relative values of the 4 variables. w−y corresponds to the benfits of RXR, x−z also corresponds to the benefits of RXR. But maybe I was not precise enough: The equivalence does not follow only from w>x>y>z, we also need to take into account the definitions of the 4 variables.Do you see what I mean?
The reasoning is the following:
The agent-neutral values are now denoted by variables instead of numbers.The worst case is represented by z , where the agent neither enjoys the beneﬁtsof PAP, nor those of RXR. y represents the value yielded by the choice ofPAP whereasx corresponds to the value yielded by the choice of RXR. Thebest case arises if the agent chooses PAP while RXR is not necessary, sincethen the agent-neutral value incorporates the beneﬁts of PAP and RXR,amounting to w. Therefore, clearly the following relation holds:
From there, the equivalence under question follows.
Do you agree?
Thanks for your question!This is how the α-maxmin model is defined. You can consider the coefficient α as a sort of pessimism index. For details, see the source Ghirardato et al.
It is supposed to represent the extreme cases.The numbers in the examples are exemplary. The purpose is to have two different cases in order to study.