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Domain Closedness Conditions and Rational Choice

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  • BOSSERT, Walter
  • SUZUMURA, Kotaro

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The rationalizability of a choice function on an arbitrary domain under various coherence properties has received a considerable amount of attention both in the long-established and in the recent literature. Because domain closedness conditions play an important role in much of rational choice theory, we examine the consequences of these requirements on the logical relationships among different versions of rationalizability. It turns out that closedness under intersection does not lead to any results differing from those obtained on arbitrary domains. In contrast, closedness under union allows us to prove an additional implication.

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  • BOSSERT, Walter & SUZUMURA, Kotaro, 2005. "Domain Closedness Conditions and Rational Choice," Cahiers de recherche 2005-21, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2005-21
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    1. Walter Bossert & Yves Sprumont & Kotaro Suzumura, 2005. "Maximal-Element Rationalizability," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 58(4), pages 325-350, June.
    2. Walter Bossert & Yves Sprumont & Kotaro Suzumura, 2005. "Consistent Rationalizability," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 72(286), pages 185-200, May.
    3. Walter Bossert & Yves Sprumont & Kotaro Suzumura, 2006. "Rationalizability of choice functions on general domains without full transitivity," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 27(3), pages 435-458, December.
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    1. BOSSERT, Walter & SUZUMURA, Kotaro, 2005. "Rational Choice on Arbitrary Domains: A Comprehensive Treatment," Cahiers de recherche 17-2005, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.

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    Keywords

    Rational Choice; Domain Closedness; Coherence Prorties;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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