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A Measure of Rationality and Welfare

  • Jose Apesteguia
  • Miguel Angel Ballester

Evidence showing that individual behavior often deviates from the classical principle of preference maximization has raised at least two important questions: (i) How serious are the deviations? and (ii) What is the best way to analyse choice behavior in order to extract information for the purpose of welfare analysis? This paper addresses these questions by proposing a new way to identify the preference relation which is closest, in terms of welfare loss, to the revealed choice.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 573.

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Date of creation: Oct 2014
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Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:573
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