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General Revealed Preference Theory

Chambers, Christopher P. and Echenique, Federico and Shmaya, Eran (2010) General Revealed Preference Theory. Social Science Working Paper, 1332. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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We provide general conditions under which an economic theory has a universal axiomatization: one that leads to testable implications. Roughly speaking, if we obtain a universal axiomatization when we assume that unobservable parameters (such as preferences)are observable, then we can obtain a universal axiomatization purely on observables. The result "explains" classical revealed preference theory, as applied to individual rational choice. We obtain new applications to Nash equilibrium theory and Pareto optimal choice.

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Chambers, Christopher P.0000-0001-8253-0328
Echenique, Federico0000-0002-1567-6770
Additional Information:Chambers and Echenique acknowledge support from the NSF through grant SES-0751980.
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Subject Keywords:Falsiability; Axiomatization; Revealed preference; Testable implications of Nash equilibrium; Model Theory
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:1332
Classification Code:JEL classication: A10, D00
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Deposited By: Katherine Johnson
Deposited On:28 Sep 2010 16:22
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