Preference for Flexibility in a Savage Framework
Econometrica, 1999, vol. 67, issue 1, 101-120
The authors study preferences over Savage acts that map states to opportunity sets and satisfy the Savage axioms. Preferences over opportunity sets may exhibit a preference for flexibility due to an implicit uncertainty about future preferences reflecting anticipated unforeseen contingencies. The main result of the paper characterizes maximization of the expected indirect utility in terms of an 'indirect stochastic dominance' axiom that expresses a preference for 'more opportunities in expectation.' The key technical tool of the paper, conjugate Mobius inversion, allows an alternative representation using Choquet integration and yields a simple proof of D. Kreps's (1979) classic result.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (26) Track citations by RSS feed
There are no downloads for this item, see the EconPapers FAQ for hints about obtaining it.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:67:y:1999:i:1:p:101-120
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.economet ... ordering-back-issues
Access Statistics for this article
Econometrica is currently edited by Daron Acemoglu
More articles in Econometrica from Econometric Society Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing ().