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Maximal-Element Rationalizability

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  • Walter BOSSERT
  • Yves SPRUMONT
  • Kotaro SUZUMURA

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We examine the maximal-element rationalizability of choice functions with arbitrary domains. While rationality formulated in terms of the choice of greatest elements according to a rationalizing relation has been analyzed relatively thoroughly in the earlier literature, this is not the case for maximal-element rationalizability, except when it coincides with greatest-element rationalizability because of properties imposed on the rationalizing relation. We develop necessary and sufficient conditions for maximal-element rationalizability by itself, and for maximal-element rationalizability in conjunction with additional properties of a rationalizing relation such as reflexivity, completeness, P-acyclicity, quasi-transitivity, consistency and transitivity.

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  • Walter BOSSERT & Yves SPRUMONT & Kotaro SUZUMURA, 2002. "Maximal-Element Rationalizability," Cahiers de recherche 16-2002, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
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    choice functions; maximal-element rationalizability;

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