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Transitivity of Preferences: When Doest it Matter ?

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  • Laurens Cherchye
  • Thomas Demuynck
  • Bram De Rock

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We define the empirical conditions on prices and incomes under which transitivityof preferences has specific testable implications. In particular, we set out necessaryand sufficient requirements for budget sets under which consumption choices canviolate SARP (Strong Axiom of Revealed Preferences) but not WARP (Weak Axiomof Revealed Preferences). As SARP extends WARP by additionally imposingtransitive preferences, this effectively defines the conditions under which transitivityis separately testable. Our findings have considerable practical relevance, as transitivityconditions are known to substantially aggravate the computational burden ofempirical revealed preference analysis. Our characterization takes the form of triangularconditions that must hold for all three-element subsets of normalized prices,and which are easy to verify in practice. We demonstrate their practical use throughtwo short empirical applications.

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  • Laurens Cherchye & Thomas Demuynck & Bram De Rock, 2015. "Transitivity of Preferences: When Doest it Matter ?," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2015-44, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. Laurens Cherchye & Bram De Rock & Thomas Demuynck, 2017. "Bounding Counterfactual Demand with Unobserved Heterogeneity and Endogenous Expenditures," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2017-41, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    2. COSAERT Sam, 2017. "What types are there?," LISER Working Paper Series 2017-01, LISER.

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    Keywords

    revealed preferences; WARP; SARP; transitivity; testable implications;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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