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The relationship between Mathematical Utility Theory and the Integrability Problem: some arguments in favour

  • J. C. R. Alcantud

    (Universidad de Salamanca)

  • G. Bosi

    (Università di Trieste)

  • C. Rodríguez-Palmero

    (Universidad de Valladolid)

  • M. Zuanon

    (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

The resort to utility-theoretical issues will permit us to propose a constructive procedure for deriving a homogeneous of degree one, continuous function that gives raise to a primitive demand function under suitably mild conditions. This constitutes the first elementary proof of a necessary and sufficient condition for an integrability problem to have a solution by continuous (subjective utility) functions. Such achievement reinforces the relevance of a technique that was succesfully formalized in Alcantud and Rodríguez-Palmero (2001). The analysis of these two works exposes deep relationships between two apparently separate fields: mathematical utility theory and the revealed preference approach to the integrability problem.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 28 Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:0308002
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