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Common ordering extensions

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This article provides necessary and sufficient conditions for a collection of binary relations to have a common ordering extension. We also characterize the quasi-ordering that is obtained by taking the intersection over all these ordering extensions. Next, we consider the special case where the collection contains only two relations. In this special case, our necessary and sufficient conditions can be reformulated to include solely binary relations that are defined on a certain subset of the universal domain. The usefullness of our results are illustrated with several examples and we relate our findings to the results in the literature.

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  • T. Demuynck, 2009. "Common ordering extensions," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 09/593, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    Keywords

    Common ordering extension; consistency; Szpirajn’s lemma;

    JEL classification:

    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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