Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green Versus Scitovsky on Profit and Utility Maximization
I contrast the theoretical foundation of profit maximization of Mas-Colell, Whinston and Greenâ€™s â€œMicroeconomicsâ€ against that provided by Scitovsky in a paper of 1943. Whereas Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green try to show that profit maximization can be derived from utility maximization, Scitovsky categorically states the contrary view. I argue, first, that the foundation provided by Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green is not sound and, secondly, that Scitovskyâ€™s line of reasoning opens a better way to model business behavior.
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