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Relevance and Symmetry

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  • Sujoy Mukerji
  • Peter Klibanoff and Kyoungwon Seo

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We define a behavioral concept of relevance in the context of decision making under uncertainty.  We argue that this concept provides a sensible answer to the question "What probabilistic environments do an individuals' preferences reveal as mattering to her decisions?" under a symmetry assumption.  This question has important implications for economic modeling.  It is often the case that a modeler desires to restrict the probabilistic environments a decision maker considers.  Without a concept of relevant beliefs, it is impossible to check from preferences whether a model is reflecting what the modeler intended.  This checking is essential to isolating the effect of changing information while holding tastes fixed.  We show that a single concept of relevance delivers this for a wide range of models, including models that allow for ambiguity attitude.  We also use symmetry and relevance to provide insight into the foundations of the α-MEU and smooth ambiguity models of decision-making under uncertainty.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 539.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
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Keywords: Symmetry; Beliefs; Ambiguity; Comparative statics of information;

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  1. Simone Cerreia-Vioglio & Fabio Maccheroni & Massimo Marinacci & Luigi Montrucchio, 2011. "Classical Subjective Expected Utility," Working Papers 400, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
  2. Jürgen Eichberger & Simon Grant & David Kelsey, 2012. "When is Ambiguity-Attitude Constant?," CESifo Working Paper Series 3768, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Epstein, Larry G. & Halevy, Yoram, 2014. "No Two Experiments are Identical," Microeconomics.ca working papers yoram_halevy-2014-9, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 22 Feb 2014.
  4. Larry G. Epstein & Kyoungwon Seo, 2013. "Bayesian Inference and Non-Bayesian Prediction and Choice: Foundations and an Application to Entry Games with Multiple Equilibria," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2013-001, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  5. Simone Cerreia-Vioglio & Fabio Maccheroni & Massimo Marinacci & Luigi Montrucchio, 2011. "Ambiguity and Robust Statistics," Working Papers 382, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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