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Utility representation theorems for Debreu separable preorders


  • Herden, Gerhard
  • Levin, Vladimir L.


We prove the existence of arbitrary (resp., semicontinuous, continuous) utility representations for arbitrary (resp., semicontinuous, continuous) preorders satisfying some weakened Debreu order separability conditions. In this way we widely generalize a classical result for total preorders that essentially is due to Debreu.

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  • Herden, Gerhard & Levin, Vladimir L., 2012. "Utility representation theorems for Debreu separable preorders," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(3), pages 148-154.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:48:y:2012:i:3:p:148-154 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmateco.2012.02.005

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    1. Gianni Bosi & Magalì E. Zuanon, 2017. "Maximal elements of quasi upper semicontinuous preorders on compact spaces," Economic Theory Bulletin, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 5(1), pages 109-117, April.
    2. Giarlotta, Alfio & Greco, Salvatore, 2013. "Necessary and possible preference structures," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 163-172.
    3. Bosi, Gianni & Zuanon, Magalì, 2014. "Upper semicontinuous representations of interval orders," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 60-63.
    4. Alcantud, José Carlos R. & Bosi, Gianni & Zuanon, Magalì, 2013. "Representations of preorders by strong multi-objective functions," MPRA Paper 52329, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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