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Revealed Preference and Choice under Uncertainty

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  • BOSSERT, Walter
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We employ the theory of rational choice to examine whether observable choices from feasible sets of prospects can be generated by the optimization of some underlying decision criterion under uncertainty. Rather than focusing on a specific theory of choice, our objective is to formulate a general approach that is designed to cover the various decision criteria that have been proposed in the literature. We use a mild dominance property to define a class of suitable choice criteria. In addition to rationalizability per se, we characterize transitive and Suzumura consistent rationalizability in the presence of dominance.

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  • BOSSERT, Walter & SUZUMURA, Kotaro, 2010. "Revealed Preference and Choice under Uncertainty," Cahiers de recherche 2010-12, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
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    Keywords

    Uncertainty; prospects; rational choice; decision theory.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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