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Diversity as Width

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  • Marcello Basili

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  • Stefano Vannucci

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It is argued that if the population of options is a finite poset, diversity comparisons may be conveniently based on widths i.e. on the respective maximum numbers of pairwise incomparable options included in the relevant subposets. The width-ranking and the undominated width-ranking are introduced and characterized

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  • Marcello Basili & Stefano Vannucci, 2007. "Diversity as Width," Department of Economics University of Siena 500, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
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    1. Gaetano Gaballo & Ernesto Savaglio, 2012. "On revealed diversity," Working Papers 254, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    2. Stefano Vannucci, 2011. "Widwast Choice," Department of Economics University of Siena 629, Department of Economics, University of Siena.

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    • D00 - Microeconomics - - General - - - General
    • Q00 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - General
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