Economics at your fingertips  


Klaus Nehring and Clemens Puppe ()

Department of Economics from California Davis - Department of Economics

Abstract: The purpose of the paper is to provide a general framework for analyzing "preference for opportunities." Based on two simple axioms a fundamental result due to Kreps is used in order to represent rankings of opportunity sets in terms of multiple preferences. The paper provides several refinements of the basic representation theorem. In particular, a condition of "closedness under compromise" is suggested in order to distinguish the flexibility interpretation of the model from normative interpretations which play a crucial role in justifying the intrinsic value of opportunities. Moreover, the paper clarifies the link between the multiple preference approach and the "choice function" approach to evaluating opportunities. In particular, it is shown how the well-known Aizerman/Malishevski result on rationalizability of choice functions can be obtained as a corollary from the more general multiple preference representation of a ranking of opportunity sets.

References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 404 Not Found ( [301 Moved Permanently]-->

Related works:
Journal Article: On the multi-preference approach to evaluating opportunities (1999) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Department of Economics from California Davis - Department of Economics University of California Davis - Department of Economics. One Shields Ave., California 95616-8578. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Thomas Krichel ().

Page updated 2020-07-01
Handle: RePEc:fth:caldec:97-07