# Questions tagged [decision-theory]

the mathematical study of strategies for optimal decision-making between options involving different risks or expectations of gain or loss depending on the outcome.

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### Prove: The law of demand holds if WA, Walras' law, homogeneity of degree 0, and homogeneity of degree 1 in wealth hold for Walrasian demand functions

Problem I am asked to prove the following result: The law of demand always holds if the walrasian demand function $x(\mathbf{p},w)$ satisfies the weak axiom of revealed preference (WARP), Walras' law,...
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### Question on The Weak Axiom of Revealed Preference and The Definition of Revealed Preference Relation

I am solving the following problem (from Exercise 2.F.3 (b) in MWG) and I got confused by the weak axiom of revealed preference and the definition of the revealed preference relation. Here is the ...
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### MWG Exercise 2.E.5

Exercise Suppose that $x(\mathbf{p},w)$ is a demand function which is homogeneous of degree one with respect to $w$ and satisfies Walras' law and homogeneity of degree zero. Suppose also that all the ...
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### In revealed preference (RP), is any two points $x,y$ related by the indirect revealed preference relation?

Let $X$ be the closed compact convex set of alternative and $B$ be a closed compact convex subset of $X$. $C$ is defined on all closed compact convex set $B\subseteq X$. $X$ is ordered by a strictly ...
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### Find a choice function such that WARP or SARP is violated

WARP implies choice function is raionalizable. Say we have a choice function $C(B)$, $B$ is a closed convex compact set. I am looking for a intuitive example of $C$. The $C$ is economic meaningful, ...
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### About Theorem 1.1 (the Expected-Utility Maximization Theorem) in Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict by Roger Myerson

I am self-studying game theory using Myerson's Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict. I got some trouble understanding his proof of Theorem 1.1, the Expected-Utility Maximization Theorem. The Theorem goes ...
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### Is my understanding of Arrow's dictatorship correct? The dictator is free to update her preference and the social choice will always follow her taste

Suppose $R$ is a social ordering, $f$ is the social choice function, and $R_i$ is an individual preference. A profile of individual preference is $<R_i>$. $f(<R_i>)=R$ Suppose $i=1$ is ...
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### What does the Arrow-Pratt risk aversion measure means in the deterministic case?

What type of preferences that are not related to risk aversion can the Arrow-Pratt measure of absolute (or relative) risk aversion model? So far, it seems to me that low RRA/ARA preferences imply that ...
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### Sen's property $\alpha$ holds when limited attention in choice?

Consider the limited attention choice framework by Matejka and McKay (2015). This framework can give rise to consideration sets, as roughly summarised below. Consideration sets in the limited ...
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### Determine Whether A Preference Relation Satisfies The Continuity Axiom - from Exercise 1.1 in Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict by Roger Myerson

I am self-studying game theory using Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict by Roger Myerson. Here is an exercise from the textbook. I tried it myself, but I am not sure if it is correct. I would really ...
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### Debreu's ordinal representation theorem is unique up to a positive monotonic transformation, what is the source?

In Debreu's 1954 ordinal utility representation theorem, the utility is unique up to a positive monotonic transformation. While the uniqueness result is well-known, I fail to find a proper reference. ...
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### Question About Stochastic Choice - MWG Exercise 1.D.5

I am studying microeconomic theory using MWG. I got stuck on Exercise 1.D.5, specifically part (c), but I would also like to have my part (a) and (b) checked by someone. Here is the exercise and my ...
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### The Savage sure thing principle and Subjective utility representation

I have tried reading and understanding Savage's proof of the subjective utility representation, it is too complicated. Is anyone aware of a shorter/more elegant proof of this? It is not a problem if ...
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### Is the relation $\mathcal{R}=\{(1,2),(2,3),(1,3)\}$ on $X=\{1,2,3\}$ complete?

Is the relation $\mathcal{R}=\{(1,2),(2,3),(1,3)\}$ on $X=\{1,2,3\}$ complete? By looking at the completeness definition in preference: Definition 1.1(c), this is same as the connected relation in the ...
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### Can a business's search for profits be considered as movement in state space?

When businesses make decisions to increase profits, they have to adjust several "parameters" of the business such as quantity to output, pricing, choosing a production mix, brand positioning,...
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### Proof of First-Order Stochastic Dominance with Riemann Sums

Let $A = \mathbb{R}$. For $p,q\in \mathcal{L}(A)$, $p$ first-order stochastically dominates (FOSD) $q$ if $F_p(a)-F_q(a) \leq 0, \forall a\in A$. Show that $p$ first-order stochastically dominates $q$ ...
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### Choice theory vs decision theory

I always thought that Decision Theory and Choice Theory are the same fields. But when reading the Wikipedia entry for Decision Theory recently, I read the explicit clarification: "not to be ...
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### What is the economic intuition of prudence in the static case?

How can we interpret a "prudent" agent in the static case (i.e., someone with $u'''(\cdot)>0$)? I understand that in a dynamic setting, someone exhibiting prudence would do precautionary ...
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### What is the difference between Impression Management and Signaling Theory?

I'm interested in theories on how organisations shape their stakeholders' (especially consumers' and investors') perceptions and decisions. I read about Impression Management and Signaling Theory. ...
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### Information structure for complete information

Model A decision maker (DM) has to choose action $y\in \mathcal{Y}$ possibly without being fully aware of the state of the world. $\mathcal{Y}$ is a finite set. The state of the world is a random ...
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### What is the risk aversion domain and how this could change in a dynamic market game?

Most of the market microstructure theory models assume a risk aversion coefficient, say $\gamma$ that is indexed with $i$ since any individual $i$ has her own $\gamma_i$ coefficient. Also, the inverse ...
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### Can the topological assumption in Debreu's representation theorem of cardinal utility be altered from "connected separable" to "second countable"?

Theorem (Debreu 1959 page 9, 10) Let $X$ be connected separable topological space endowed with product topology. If $\succsim$ is independent and at least three factors are essential, then there exist ...
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### Why is the Marginal Utility of losses diminishing in Prospect Theory?

This is Kahneman's value-plot on prospect theory: QUESTION: Why is the Marginal Utility of losses deminishing? CONTEXT: I fully understand that the Marginal Utility of gains deminishes: 100 dollar ...