Revealed Preference and Bounded Rationality

Douglas Gale

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    Abstract

    Perhaps, Paul Samuelson really did not intend to ground economic theory on observable behavior because, as we observe in the revealed-preference theory, we consider only the prices and particular quantities instead of looking into preferences and other motivating factors when accounting for a finite set of prices and a corresponding set of choices. Through this situation, we observe how Samuelson assumed that an individual's preferences remains unchanged over time. By analyzing the genalized axiom of revealed preference (GARP) and how, when this is satisfied, it may lead to utility maximization, this chapter attempts to examine whether it is acceptable or not to infer preferences from observations of choice behavior.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Hand Book
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199851768
    ISBN (Print)9780195328318
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 3 2011

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    Revealed preference
    Bounded rationality
    Economic theory
    Factors
    Axiom
    Preference theory
    Utility maximization
    Choice behavior
    Individual preferences

    Keywords

    • Choice behavior
    • Economic theory
    • Observable behavior
    • Paul Samuelson
    • Preferences

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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    Gale, D. (2011). Revealed Preference and Bounded Rationality. In The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Hand Book Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328318.003.0011

    Revealed Preference and Bounded Rationality. / Gale, Douglas.

    The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Hand Book. Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Gale, D 2011, Revealed Preference and Bounded Rationality. in The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Hand Book. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328318.003.0011
    Gale D. Revealed Preference and Bounded Rationality. In The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Hand Book. Oxford University Press. 2011 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328318.003.0011
    Gale, Douglas. / Revealed Preference and Bounded Rationality. The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Hand Book. Oxford University Press, 2011.
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