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Social Norms and Rationality of Choice

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  • Bossert, Walter
  • Suzumura, Kotaro

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Ever since Sen (1993) criticized the notion of internal consistency of choice, there exists a wide spread perception that the standard rationalizability approach to the theory of choice has difficulties coping with the existence of external social norms. This paper introduces a concept of norm-conditional rationalizability and shows that external social norms can be accommodated so as to be compatible with norm-conditional rationalizability by means of suitably modified revealed preference axioms in the theory of rational choice on general domains à la Richter (1966;1971) and Hansson (1968)

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2007-07.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2007-07

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  1. Luc, Dinh The & Soubeyran, Antoine, 2013. "Variable preference relations: Existence of maximal elements," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(4), pages 251-262.

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