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Choice, internal consistency, and rationality

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  • Aditi Bhattacharyya

    () (Department of Economics and International Business, Sam Houston State University)

  • Prasanta K. Pattanaik

    () (Department of Economics, University of California - Riverside)

  • Yongsheng Xu

    () (Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University)

Abstract

The classical theory of rational choice is built on several important internal consistency conditions. In recent years, the reasonableness of those internal consistency conditions has been questioned and criticized, and several responses to accommodate such criticisms have been proposed in the literature. This paper develops a general framework to accommodate the issues raised by the criticisms of classical rational choice theory, and examines the broad impact of these criticisms from both normative and positive points of view.

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  • Aditi Bhattacharyya & Prasanta K. Pattanaik & Yongsheng Xu, 2010. "Choice, internal consistency, and rationality," Working Papers 1011, Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business.
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