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Characterizing Paretian Preferences


  • Vicki Knoblauch

    (University of Connecticut)


A characterization of a property of binary relations is of type M if it can be stated in terms of ordered M-tuples of alternatives. A characterization of finite type provides an easy test of whether preferences over a large set of alternatives possesses the property characterized. Unfortunately, there is no characterization of finite type for Pareto representability in R..2. A partial result along the same lines is obtained for Pareto representability in R..k, k .. 2.

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  • Vicki Knoblauch, 2003. "Characterizing Paretian Preferences," Working papers 2003-30, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2003-30

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    1. Sprumont, Yves, 2001. "Paretian Quasi-orders: The Regular Two-Agent Case," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 101(2), pages 437-456, December.
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    1. Vicki Knoblauch, 2008. "Binary Relations: Finite Characterizations and Computational Complexity," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 65(1), pages 27-44, August.
    2. Vicki Knoblauch, 2005. "Finite Characterizations and Paretian Preferences," Working papers 2005-02, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.

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    preferences; Pareto order; voting;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General

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