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Binary relations that reflect which states of the world an agent considers to be most desirable. Preferences are a fundamental ingredient in the axiomatic study of consumer choice decision theory.

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WARP implies SARP: A 2 Good Case

I am considering an example where there are two goods and three budget sets $(\mathbf{p}^{(n)},w^{(n)}),n=1,2,3$. If we assume $\mathbf{p}^{(n)} \cdot \mathbf{x}(\mathbf{p}^{(n+1)},w^{(n+1)}) \leq w^{(...
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Is this Incomplete or Indifferent? [closed]

Given X = {1,2,..., 100}. For x, y in X, define x # y if and only if x - y is a positive prime number. Is the # relation incomplete? I don't particularly understand the reasoning as of yet, and though ...
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Comparing voting methods when there are only two voters

Consider the Schulze, Kemeny-Young, Ranked Pairs and Borda count voting methods. (The last is obviously the odd one out in this list!) Suppose that there are only two voters. Each voter gives a ...
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What is the purpose of the local non-satiation assumption in the first welfare theorem?

The profit maximization assumption implies $$\text{if } x_i \succ x_i^* \text{ then } p_ix_i > p_i w_i$$ Okay so this just says if the agent is utility maximizing / rational, then if he doesn't ...
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Are Indifference Curve graphs continuous given the preferential definition of continuity?

Assume the relation $\succeq$ is continuous (by the preferential definition). Does this mean the graph of Indifference Curves are continuous? Since $\sim$ satisfies the definition for $\succeq$, we ...
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Does Preference have a Hierarchy? A Silly Question

I have what is probably a very silly question, but I have gone down the rabbit hole and can’t get back out..... Is there is a hierarchy of preference, and within each level of choice do we reset the ...
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Understanding the Continuity axiom of preference

Let $x^{1}, x^{2}, \cdots \to x$ where each $x^{i}$ and $x$ are elements of the set of consumption bundle or the choice set $X$. If $x^{i} \succeq y$ for each $i \geq 1$ then $x \succeq y$. This is ...
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Do the continuity axiom and transitivity axiom justify non-satiation?

Let's assume on the contrary that the indifference curve is "thick" or crosses. We can only assume the four axioms: completeness, transitivity, reflexivity and continuity. We do not assume ...
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King–Plosser–Rebelo Preferences and Additively Separable

The wiki of King–Plosser–Rebelo preferences says that the utility function has the multiplicatively separable form $$u(C, L)=\frac{1}{1-\sigma_{c}} C^{1-\sigma_{c}} v(L)$$ and "in the limit case ...
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How are weak preferences different to strict preferences/indifference?

Given a utility function $u(\cdot)$ and two bundles $x$ and $y$. Assuming $u(x)=u(y)$. I am to prove or disprove that $x \succcurlyeq y$. Now I'm confused by this. We say $x$ is strictly preferred to $...
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Linear Homothetic Utility

A Homothetic Utility is where $$ \forall x,y, \forall a \in \mathbb{R}_+: \ u(ax,ay)=au(x,y) $$ (or its monotonic transformation). A linear Homothetic utility is defined as $$ \forall x,y, \forall a \...
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The Price and Demand Index in Homothetic Kimball Utility

Suppose with Kimball preferences, utility $Q$ from consuming $\left\{q_{\omega}\right\}_{\omega \in \Omega}$ is implicitly given by $$\int_{\omega \in \Omega} Y\left(\frac{q_{\omega}}{Q}\right) d \...
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The Intuition of CES Utility

Suppose a (symmetric) CES utility function $$U(\mathbf{x})=\left[\int_{\Omega}\left(x_{\omega}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}} d \omega\right]^{\frac{\sigma}{\sigma-1}}, \sigma>1$$ 1 The indirect ...
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What is an example of a utility function where one good is inferior?

Say the consumer has a standard convex, monotonic preference over Apples and Bananas. (Update: I'd like the preference to be as 'standard' as possible. So ideally we have diminishing MRS everywhere ...
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Definition of strictly convex preference

Let $x,y\in X$. Does strictly convex preference (which implies that the utility is strictly quasiconcave) mean that: $x\succsim y$ implies $\alpha x+(1-\alpha)y\succ y$ for any $\alpha\in (0,1)$?
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What are the economic benefits of SLAPP in file sharing/piracy?

Spin-off from Piracy/File sharing - Why aren't songs, movies or ebooks given for free (+ads) like TV? What are the economic benefits of SLAPP in or out of file sharing/piracy? There's a comment in ...
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Social welfare in terms of preferences

How does one define a social welfare in terms of individuals’ preferences $\succeq_i$? If we have utility functions $u_i$ then a social welfare maximizing outcome $x$ is simply one that maximizes $\...
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Convex rationalization when the budget sets are segments?

Backgroud: SARP can be defined on general budget set. SARP: Assume for all $B$ the choice $c(B)$ is only one element. If $x_i,x_{i+1}\in B_i$, and $x_i = c(B_i)$, for all $i\in \{1,N-1\}$, then $x_1=...
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GARP and SARP assumed mononticity?

Monotonicity means the decision maker prefer more goods than less. It is not mentioned in textbook that SARP and GARP preasumed monotonicity, implicitly. GARP: if $a$ is indirectly revealed preferred ...
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How to prove that a utility function U(x,y)=min(x,2y) is quasiconcave?

I have a question that asks: "Let there be two goods 1 and 2.Let $x$ and $y$ denote their respective quantities.$(x,y)$ represents a bundle. Suppose a consumer’s preferences over bundles in $R^2_+...
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Necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a utility function

I was reading Jehle and Reny, Advanced Microeconomic Theory, where they discuss in detail, the choice problem of a consumer. The Consumption Set (or Choice Set) $X$ is a subset of $R_+^n$, is closed ...
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Local nonsatiation

Suppose that $x^*$ satisfies $x^*\succsim x$ for $\forall x\in\{{x∈X|p·x\leq m}\}$. How can we prove that $x\succsim x^*$ $\Rightarrow$ $p·x≥m$ if $\succsim$ is locally nonsatiated? My idea for this ...
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What is the usefulness of Cobb Douglas functions? Why do we use them so often?

Hard to find much explanation as to why we generally use CD functions so often. My understanding is that it is usually well behaved when used for utility functions and preferances, since it is convex,...
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max{x1,x2} where P1not=p2

I have seen min{x1,x2} functions representing perfect compliments but have never seen a max{x1,x2} function anywhere in my book or lectures, I also have never seen anything about p1 not equaling p2. ...
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Assumptions on preference relation

This question is from Harvard seminar problem set (Q-3 part b) https://www.studocu.com/en-us/document/harvard-university/economics/mandatory-assignments/econ2020a-14-ps01-please-give-as-much-...
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What is the observable definition of "preference" by Frisch?

To make things weird, although Frisch was fully aware of the importance of random distribution in economics relations, he never mention the randomness in binary preference relations! How to define ...
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Utility function for introductory microeconomics

What are the utility functions standardly used in introductory microeconomics courses. My own list would include Perfect substitutes: $U(x,y) = ax+by$ Perfect complements: $U(x,y) = \min(ax,by)$ Cobb ...
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Non-Constant Elasticity of Substitution

What's the literature on Non-Constant elasticities of substitution? Say, I'm interested in the elasticity between $c_1$ and $c_2$ increasing/decreasing in income/wealth. CES utility functions with ...
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Market with changing number of goods and services

In the General Equilibrium framework of Arrow, Debreau and others, there are a fixed number of commodities, which I feel is a valid assumption in the short run but maybe not in the long run. Over time,...
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Marshall demand for simple CES utility

Assume that preferences are given by a utility function is given $$u(x_1,x_2) = (x_1^\rho + x_2^\rho)^{1/\rho}$$ what then are the Marshall demand given budget constraint $$p_1x_1 + p_2x_2 \leq I$$
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which type of goods maximum utility function represent?

I am not sure, which type of goods does the maximum utility function represent i.e., $U(X_1, X_2) =\max(X_1, X_2)$. As the $U(X_1, X_2) =\min(X_1, X_2)$ represent the complementary goods, and $U(X_1, ...
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preference convexity and existence of equilbria

Consider a production economy with $L$ goods, a single consumer and a single producer whose production set are given by $Y\subset R^L$. Question is to find the existence condition of equilibria of ...
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Question regarding preferences in Gale and Shapley (1962)

Is it correct to say that preferences in the classic Gale and Shapley College Admissions problem are quasi-linear? Or is this something thats introduced later in the literature, vis a vis Shapley and ...
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Can you please help me find this topic in Mechanism design/Rational choice theory?

When I was in university, I remember studying some kind of topic in adv microeconomics where someone gives you three options, where one is obviously worse and is put there just to deceive you so that ...
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If a rational preference relation over simple lotteries $\succsim$ are convex then they satisfy independence?

Let´s say there is an uncertain situation with $N$ possible consequences $C = \{C_1, . . . C_N\}$. Assume that there is a rational preference relation $\succsim$ over simple lotteries. I know that if ...
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Quadratic utility: monotonicity and risk aversion

I am taking macro class this fall. One of the problems asks whether decreasing absolute risk-aversion and ever-increasing consumption are two unattractive implications of the quadractic utility ...
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A question from MWG 2F12

This question is from MWG if walrasian demand function is generated by a rational preference relation then it must satisfy weak axiom. I cannot prove this statement. How can I do?Thanks alot.
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Why does Figure 2.F.1(b) (MWG page 30) satisfy the WARP (Definition 2.F.1)?

I can see that Figure 2.F.1(a) satisfies the WARP (Definition 2.F.1) in MWG (page 30). However, as the choice $x(p',w')$ is only feasible under the price-income level $(p',w')$ and $x(p'',w'')$ is ...
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Does quasilinear preference contain rationality, monotonicity or other assumptions?

I have a question when I'm doing exercise 3.C.5(b) of MWG. The exercise asks to prove that a continuous preference on $(-\infty,\infty)\times R^{L-1}_+$ is quasilinear with respect to the first ...
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MATLAB code: Plot utility function and budget constraint

how do i plot these? i have this utility function: $$U(x_1,x_2)=\log(x_1)+\beta \log(x_2)$$ and this budget constraint: $$p_1 x_1+p_2 x_2=R$$ where $R=3, p_1=0.5, p_2=0.5$ i dont know how to plot ...
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Rational preferences/individual decision-making theory

I am taking advanced micro course this semester. In one of the problems we need to determine whether the preference relation is rational (i.e. complete and transitive). Since we have not really ...
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Proof on weak axiom of revealed preferences

I read the following statement. “ A utility maximizer with strictly convex and strongly monotonic preferences satisfies weak axiom of revealed preferences.” How can I prove or show this? I cannot ...
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Measuring and assigning utility numbers

I was recently introduced to the concept of cardinal utility. In real life, how do we assign these utility levels? For example if i wanted to assign numbers to my own utility indifference curve for ...
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Does transitivity qualify as a reason for Indifference curves intersecting each other?

Transitivity in preferences seems as a flawed concept because there might be a situation where A>B, B>C but A<C. Going by this analogy it seems that it does not qualify as a reason for ...
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what is monotonicity and strict monotonicity in preferences?

I am really confused between monotonic preferences and strictly monotonic preferences, I saw some video and read certain answer where it is mentioned that the When preferences are monotone / weak ...
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Showing utility function gives preferences that are rational and convex

Consider a consumer with preferences relation $\succsim$ over non-negative commodities $x_1$ and $x_2$ such that their utility U = $x_1$ + $\ln(x_2)$ Are these preferences rational and are they convex/...
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Understanding the Choice Rule in MWG

I am reading the Microeconomics Theory book by MWG, and I am having a tough time interpreting what things mean to a real life example, so any help would be appreciated. For example, it gave this. ...
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HARA preferences details

I am searching for some exntensive details about HARA preferences. Where could I find some extensive details for HARA preferences? Something like a textbook or notes
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Could lexicographic preferences on N^2 be represented by a utility function u: $N^2$ to $Z$?

I got this question on a homework: Could lexicographic preferences on $N^2$ be represented by a utility function u: $N^2$ to $Z$? I've heard countless times that lexicographic preferences can't be ...
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Question about Strict Preference Relation

Strict Preference usually states that x is strictly preferred to y if : < x is weakly preferred to y and not y is weakly preferred to x >. Let me split the < > part into two segments: x ...

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