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Dominance and admissibility without priors

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This note axiomatizes the incomplete preference ordering that reflects statewise dominance with respect to expected utility, as well as the according choice correspondence. The main motivation is to clarify how admissibility as understood by statisticians relates to existing axiomatizations. The answer is that it is characterized by Anscombe and Aumann’s (1963) axioms, plus symmetry (Arrow and Hurwicz, 1972), less completeness. Characterizing the according choice correspondence requires relaxing the weak axiom of revealed preference.

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  • Stoye, Jörg, 2012. "Dominance and admissibility without priors," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(1), pages 118-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:1:p:118-120
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.02.003
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    1. Itzhak Gilboa & Fabio Maccheroni & Massimo Marinacci & David Schmeidler, 2010. "Objective and Subjective Rationality in a Multiple Prior Model," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 78(2), pages 755-770, March.
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    1. Stoye, Jörg, 2015. "Choice theory when agents can randomize," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 155(C), pages 131-151.

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    Keywords

    Admissibility; Incompleteness; Ambiguity; Statistical decision theory;

    JEL classification:

    • C44 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Operations Research; Statistical Decision Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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