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On Non-binary Personal Preferences in Society, Economic Theory and Racial Discrimination

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  • Naqvi, Nadeem

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This paper examines some of the consequences for economic theory of the replacement of binary personal preferences by non-binary personal preferences in an Arrow-Debreu society as in Debreu (1959), and reaches the conclusion that there is both much damage to existing theory and greater opportunity for providing formal explanations of such phenomena as discrimination, personal freedoms and power, among others, which are impossible to explain at a formal level on the basis of an economic theory that is founded on a choice theory that is based exclusively on binary relational personal preferences.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 21522.

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Date of creation: 20 Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21522

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Keywords: Choice theory; decision theory; preference; binary relational logic; non-binary relational logic; utility function; expected utility; game theory; theory of value; discrimination; race; gender;

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  1. David Kelsey & Erkan Yalcin, 2004. "The Arbitrage Pricing Theorem with Incomplete Preferences," GE, Growth, Math methods 0401002, EconWPA.
  2. Kenneth J. Arrow, 1998. "What Has Economics to Say about Racial Discrimination?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 91-100, Spring.
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  1. Berdellima, Arian & Naqvi, Nadeem, 2011. "Existence of a Pareto optimal social interaction outcome with non-binary preferences," MPRA Paper 28168, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Naqvi, Nadeem, 2012. "Impossibility of interpersonal social identity diversification under binary preferences," MPRA Paper 41365, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Naqvi, Nadeem, 2012. "Why is the Workplace Racially Segregated by Occupation?," MPRA Paper 43352, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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