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On the spatial representation of preference profiles

  • Jon Eguia

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Given a set of alternatives with multiple attributes, I characterize the set of preference profiles that are representable by weighted versions of a class of utility functions indexed by a parameter δ > 0, where δ ≥ 1 corresponds to the set of Minkowski’s ( 1886 ) metric functions. In light of the starkly different consequences between representability with δ ≤ 1 or with δ > 1, I propose a test to empirically estimate δ and I discuss the theoretical and empirical implications for spatial models of political competition. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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Volume (Year): 52 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 103-128

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