EBSLG

 

 
European Business Schools Librarian's Group
Home About Series Subject/JEL codes Advanced Search
HEC Paris. Research Department Les Cahiers de Recherche - HEC Paris
 

No 1125:
Choice - Based Cardinal Utility. A Tribute to Patrick Suppes

Philippe Mongin () and Jean Baccelli

Abstract: We reexamine some of the classic problems connected with the use of cardinal utility functions in decision theory, and discuss Patrick Suppes's contributions to this field in light of a reinterpretation we propose for these problems. We analytically decompose the doctrine of ordinalism, which only accepts ordinal utility functions, and distinguish between several doctrines of cardinalism, depending on what components of ordinalism they specifically reject. We identify Suppes's doctrine with the major deviation from ordinalism that conceives of utility functions as representing preference differences, while being nonetheless empirically related to choices. We highlight the originality, promises and limits of this choice-based cardinalism.

Keywords: Ordinal utility; Cardinal utility; Preference differences; Representation theorems; Suppes; Ordinalism; Cardinalism; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: B21; B31; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, January 4, 2016

Before downloading any of the electronic versions below you should read our statement on copyright.
Download GhostScript for viewing Postscript files and the Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing pdf files.

Full text versions of the paper:

papers.cfm?abstract_id=2711256    PDF-file
Download Statistics

Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Sandra Dupouy ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson () or Helena Lundin ().

Programing by
Design Joakim Ekebom

Handle: RePEc:ebg:heccah:1125 This page was generated on 2016-06-15 11:45:33