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Revealed Preference in a Discrete Consumption Space

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  • Matthew Polisson

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We show that an agent maximizing some utility function on a discrete (as opposed to continuous) consumption space will obey the generalized axiom of revealed preference (GARP) so long as the agent obeys cost efficiency. Cost efficiency will hold if there is some good, outside the set of goods being studied by the modeler, that can be consumed by the agent in continuous quantities. An application of Afriat's Theorem then guarantees that there is a strictly increasing utility function on the discrete consumption space that rationalizes price and demand observations in that space.

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  • Matthew Polisson & John Quah, 2012. "Revealed Preference in a Discrete Consumption Space," Discussion Papers in Economics 12/02, Division of Economics, School of Business, University of Leicester, revised Feb 2012.
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    Generalized axiom of revealed preference; Afriat's Theorem; discrete demand; utility maximization;
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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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