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Exchangeable capacities, parameters and incomplete theories

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  • Epstein, Larry G.
  • Seo, Kyoungwon

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The de Finetti Theorem on exchangeable predictive priors is generalized to a framework where preference is represented by Choquet expected utility with respect to a belief function (a special capacity). The resulting model provides behavioral foundations for the decision-maker's subjective theory of the environment in which there are factors common to all experiments (or sources of uncertainty), called parameters, but in which her theory is incomplete in that knowledge of the parameter leaves idiosyncratic factors that vary across experiments in a way that is poorly understood.

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  • Epstein, Larry G. & Seo, Kyoungwon, 2015. "Exchangeable capacities, parameters and incomplete theories," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 157(C), pages 879-917.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:157:y:2015:i:c:p:879-917
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2015.02.010
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    1. Larry G. Epstein & Hiroaki Kaido & Kyoungwon Seo, 2016. "Robust Confidence Regions for Incomplete Models," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 84, pages 1799-1838, September.
    2. Epstein, Larry G. & Halevy, Yoram, 2017. "Ambiguous Correlation," Microeconomics.ca working papers yoram_halevy-2017-2, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 09 Jan 2018.

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    Keywords

    Ambiguity; Exchangeability; Maxmin expected utility; Parameters; Repeated experiments;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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