# Question about Locally non-satiated preferences

If a consumer has locally non-satiated preferences, which of these 2 bundles is preferred and why?

Bundle A: (1,3)

Bundle B: (4,2)

This is what I've reasoned from my very limited understanding of LNS preferences.

The distance between the two bundles has to be less than the radius of a ball around one of the bundles for the other bundle to be preferred. A ball around bundle A can't have a radius larger than 1, thus bundle B isn't preferred. However, a ball around bundle B can have a radius large enough so that Bundle A is within the ball. So bundle A is preferred.

I'm very unsure of this reasoning and I'd appreciate it if anyone could correct me where I'm wrong or help improve my answer.

• Are there other assumptions/conditions you're not including here? With just the information given, both A and B could be preferred to the other. Mar 9, 2019 at 17:57
• There were no other assumptions/conditions included in the question. How could B be preferred to A?
– Aude
Mar 9, 2019 at 18:32
• If A is at the point (1,3), it can't have a ball with a radius greater than 1. And for B to be preferred wouldn't it have to within the ball?
– Aude
Mar 9, 2019 at 18:40

Consider a locally non-satiated preference represented by the utility function $$$$u(x,y)=-(x-4)^2(y-2)^2$$$$ It is easy to verify that $$u(4,2)=0>-9=u(1,3)$$. Therefore $$B$$ is strictly preferred to $$A$$.
Likewise, you can construct a locally non-satiated preference, one represented by $$u(x,y)=-(x-1)^2(y-3)^2,$$ under which $$A$$ is strictly preferred to $$B$$.