On the problem of constructing rational preferences

Markey-Towler, Brendan (2016) On the problem of constructing rational preferences. Economic Record, 92 S1: 68-82. doi:10.1111/1475-4932.12275

Author Markey-Towler, Brendan
Title On the problem of constructing rational preferences
Journal name Economic Record   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1475-4932
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1475-4932.12275
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 92
Issue S1
Start page 68
End page 82
Total pages 15
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract In standard models it is typically taken for granted that preferences are given and defined over the alternatives alone, and the possibility of making a rational choice is a matter of assumption. I generalise this aspect of the economic model so that preferences over alternatives are constructed from given preferences defined over various characteristics of the alternatives under consideration. I characterise the decision problem before investigating what conditions a procedure for aggregating preferences over attributes into preferences over alternatives must satisfy in order for the latter to be rational. I then consider what the implications of these conditions for the procedural rationality of the aggregation process
Keyword Rational Preferences
Multiple attributes
Economic model
Procedural rationality
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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