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# Questions tagged [preferences]

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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Strictly increasing but not convex preferences

Is it possible to have preferences that is strictly increasing but not convex? Will perfect substitutes indifference curves show strictly increasing but not convex preferences? I am confused, as won't ...
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### Binary relation on the set $X = \{v, w, x, y , z\}$ that is asymmetric and transitive but not negatively transitive

So I am trying to find a binary relation on the set $X = \{v, w, x, y, z\}$ that is asymmetric and transitive but not negatively transitive, and is quite tricky. Will $R = (v, w)$ be asymmetric and ...
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### Prove that Choice Coherence Implies IIA

Prove that Choice Coherence implies Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives (IIA). From the definition of choice coherence, we have this: A choice function c satisfies choice coherence if, for every ...
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### MWG_3D4_C, why the solution seems in reverse?

I'm doing exercises of Chapter3 of MWG, there's a problem that I don't understand (I didn't figure out the solution manual either...). It is about exercise 3.D.4, the full statement of the exercise is ...
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### Convex Preference but Convex Utility

Can preference be convex when utility is not a concave function (e.g. $U=x_1^2 + x_2^2$)?
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### What are the correct utility functions?

It is common to talk about utility functions. For example in a universe with only two goods, we might assume each person (or group of people) carries a function $u(x,y)$ in their heads. When offered ...
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### Are Cobb-Douglas preferences monotone according to the marginal utility condition?

I understand that Cobb-Douglas preferences represented by $U(x,y)=x^ay^b$ are strictly monotonic, because increasing at least one of the goods in the bundle increases utility. However, another ...
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### Expenditure function. Prove that this set is bounded

I need to prove that the following set is bounded in order to derive the expenditure function: $e(p,v)=min_x px$ ST $\{x \in R^n_+$ such that $U(x)\geq v\}$. Knowing that $U(x):R^n \longrightarrow R$ ...
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### Examples of risk-neutral firms or people in business

I am looking for examples of approximately risk-neutral firms or people in business. Is there an industry where risk-neutrality is common for some agents (firms or people)? Are there perhaps time ...
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### Completeness of the strict binary relation

How do I show that considering the preference relation $\succsim$, then $\succ$ is not complete? I tried the following (which I don't know if it's right) but I'd also like to know if it's possible ...
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### Is the satisficing choice function rationalizable if the ordering isn't observable?

Edited: Say an observer observes only the choices made by the decision maker (and the sets from which these choices are made), but does not know the ordering. Then would the decision maker's choices ... 1 vote
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### How to describe a utility function in words?

Suppose I have a utility function of Cobb-Douglas form $$U(x, y) =x^{0.2}*y^{0.8}$$ I want to describe it in words. I would say like: The utility of consumer is captured by number of good x and ...
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### $a\geq 0$, $x\succsim y$ implies $x+a\succsim y+a$ so the preference is linear?

$\succsim$ is a continuous and local non-satiate weak order. $x,y,a$ are vectors in $\mathbb R^n$ We say $a\geq0$ if all directions of the vector $a$ is greater or equal to zero. We want to prove (or ...
Let $\succsim$ be a transitive and reflexive relation on a metric space $X$ with closed upper and lower contour sets. If $\succsim$ is not complete, does it hold that: for all converging sequences ...
### $a\geq 0$, $x\sim y$ implies $x+a\sim y+a$ so the preference is linear?
$\succsim$ is a countinuous and convex weak order. $x,y,a$ are vectors in $\mathbb R^n$ We say $a\geq0$ if all directions of the vector $a$ is greater or equal to zero. We want to prove (or ...