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Continuous representation of preference


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  • Chichilnisky, Graciela


In this paper we study a utility representation for preferences, and we price its continuity, using a topology for preferences introduced by Chichilnisky (1977). Such utility representations were constructed under restrictive conditions first by Y. Kannai and S. Reiter (1974, 1975). Our results are related more closely to those of Mount and Reiter (1974 and 1975). Starting from restrictive conditions these works have attempted to enlarge the class of preferences that could be continuously represented. The class of preferences studied here is much larger than those considered earlier, and it therefore applies to a wider class of problems. Our preferences include ones which are not necessarily convex or monotone, and which may be locally satiated; furthermore, no completeness of preferences is required. The assumption made by Mount and Reiter (1975) of the existence of an E-threshold is also not required here. These results are possible due to properties of the order topology introduced in Chichilnisky (1977). As we shall now discuss, this topology has quite desirable features for the study of preferences, and these now make it a natural choice for the problem at hand.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 8042.

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Date of creation: 1980
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:8042

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Keywords: preferences utility; utilities; continuity; topology;

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  1. Kenneth R. Mount & Stanley Reiter, 1975. "Construction of a Continuous Utility Function for a Class of Preferences," Discussion Papers, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science 170, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
  2. Hildenbrand, Werner, 1970. "On economies with many agents," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 161-188, June.
  3. Chichilnisky, Graciela, 1977. "Spaces of economic agents," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 160-173, June.
  4. Kannai, Yakar, 1970. "Continuity Properties of the Core of a Market," Econometrica, Econometric Society, Econometric Society, vol. 38(6), pages 791-815, November.
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  1. Chichilnisky, Graciela, 1985. "Von Neuman- Morgenstern utilities and cardinal preferences," MPRA Paper 8090, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Chichilnisky, Graciela, 1983. "Social choice and game theory: recent results with a topological approach," MPRA Paper 8059, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Graciela Chichilnisky, 1996. "A robust theory of resource allocation," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 1-10, January.
  4. Beth Allen, 1996. "A remark on a social choice problem," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 11-16, January.


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