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  • Uzi Segal

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    (Boston College)

  • Joel Sobel

    (University of California, San Diego)

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This paper provides characterization theorems for preferences. The main assumption is partial separability, where changing a common component of two vectors does not reverse strict preferences, but may turn strict preferences into indifference. We discuss applications of our results to social choice.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 512.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2001
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Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:512

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Keywords: maximin utility; utilitarianism; Rawls social welfare function;

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  1. Nabil I. Al-Najjar & Luciano De Castro, 2010. "Uncertainty, Efficiency and Incentive Compatibility," Discussion Papers 1532, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
  2. Marcello D’Agostino & Valentino Dardanoni, 2009. "What’s so special about Euclidean distance?," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 33(2), pages 211-233, August.
  3. Hougaard, Jens Leth & Keiding, Hans, 2005. "Rawlsian maximin, Dutch books, and non-additive expected utility," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 50(3), pages 239-251, November.

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