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What are axiomatizations good for?

I. GILBOA, A. POSTLEWAITE, L. SAMUELSON, D. SCHMEIDLER

Theory and Decision

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Départements : Economie et Sciences de la décision, GREGHEC (CNRS)

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Do axiomatic derivations advance positive economics? If economists are interested in predicting how people behave, without a pretense to change individual decision making, how can they benefit from representation theorems, which are no more than equivalence results? We address these questions. We propose several ways in which representation results can be useful and discuss their implications for axiomatic decision theory


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