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Quantification of preferences in markets

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  • Jörnsten, Kurt
  • Ubøe, Jan
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    In this paper we quantify agent preferences in a market. In our framework every agent has a utility level associated with each transaction, and we assume that the probability of a feasible market transaction increases with an increase in total utility. It is surprising to observe that this simple behavioral principle induces a usually unique probability measure that can be constructed by a fast numerical algorithm. This unusual combination of a rigorous model and a fast numerical algorithm makes it possible to construct a well-defined set of preferences that implies a set of observed commodity prices.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Mathematical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 453-466

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:46:y:2010:i:4:p:453-466

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    Keywords: Agent preferences Efficient markets Statistical equilibria Commodity prices Entropy;

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