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Uncovered set choice rules


  • Michele Lombardi



I study necessary and sufficient conditions for a choice function to be rationalised in the following sense: there exists a complete asymmetric relation T (a tournament ) such that for each feasible (finite) choice situation, the choice coincides with the uncovered set of T . This notion of rationality explains not only cyclical and context dependent choices observed in practice, but also provides testable restrictions on observable choice behavior.
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  • Michele Lombardi, 2008. "Uncovered set choice rules," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 31(2), pages 271-279, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:31:y:2008:i:2:p:271-279
    DOI: 10.1007/s00355-007-0281-9

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    1. Michele Lombardi, 2009. "Minimal covering set solutions," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 32(4), pages 687-695, May.
    2. Pinger, Pia & Ruhmer-Krell, Isabel & Schumacher, Heiner, 2016. "The compromise effect in action: Lessons from a restaurant's menu," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 128(C), pages 14-34.
    3. Lombardi, Michele, 2009. "Reason-based choice correspondences," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 57(1), pages 58-66, January.
    4. Mariotti, Marco & Manzini, Paola, 2012. "Choice by lexicographic semiorders," Theoretical Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 7(1), January.
    5. Nicolas Houy, 2011. "Common characterizations of the untrapped set and the top cycle," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 70(4), pages 501-509, April.
    6. Ehlers, Lars & Sprumont, Yves, 2008. "Weakened WARP and top-cycle choice rules," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 87-94, January.
    7. Michele Lombardi & Marco Mariotti, 2009. "Uncovered bargaining solutions," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 38(4), pages 601-610, November.

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