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Indifference, indecision, and coin-flipping

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  • Mc Kiernan, Daniel Kian

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This article operationalizes a non-empty relation as implied if strict preference and indifference jointly do not completely order the choice set. Specifically, indecision is operationalized as a positive preference for delegating choice to a least predictable device.

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  • Mc Kiernan, Daniel Kian, 2012. "Indifference, indecision, and coin-flipping," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(4), pages 237-246.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:48:y:2012:i:4:p:237-246 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmateco.2012.05.006
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