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Harsanyi's aggregation theorem with incomplete preferences

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We provide a generalization of Harsanyi (1955)'s aggregation theorem to the case of incomplete preferences at the individual and social level. Individuals and society have possibly incomplete expected utility preferences that are represented by sets of expected utility functions. Under Pareto indifference, social preferences are represented through a set of aggregation rules that are utilitarian in a generalized sense. Strengthening Pareto indifference to Pareto preference provides a refinement of the representation.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne in its series Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne with number 14002.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:mse:cesdoc:14002

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Keywords: Incomplete preferences; aggregation; expected multi-utility; utilitarianism.;

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