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THE CONCEPTION OF THIS VOLUME This volume, Cardinalism, has been initiated by Ole Hagen, and is now published due to his perseverance and to Kluwer Academic Publishers. Because of various activities and duties, my contribution to the general conception of this volume has only been formal, and all the credit for it is due to Ole Hagen. I should also emphasize that the responsibility for the year's delay in the publishing of this volume is entirely mine, for two reasons. First of all, I have been involved in many works in very different fields. Second, the English translation of my 1943 contribution to the concept of cardinal utility took some time. The points of view the reader will find in this volume are often different and sometimes contradictory, but this can only increase the interest of its reading. In any case, this is not the editors' part to side with or against. Thus contributions to this volume are presented as they have been submit ted to the editors. Of course, this does not mean that they entirely agree with the analyses presented. MAURICE ALLAIS M. Allais and O. Hagen (eds.), Cardinalism, vii INTRODUCTION Everyone's conscious choices are assumed to reflect their preferences in different situations. For some purposes it serves the theorist's preference for simplicity to assume that a person's life style can be described by the values of some concrete variables, such as quantities of goods available.


This book is concerned with the problems of whether a utility concept that is cardinal -- insofar as ratios between utility differences are significant -- exists or not, whether it is useful -- e.g. in creating testable models of behaviour -- or whether a merely ordinal preference function will do for all purposes.br/ Some selected highlights from the debate between cardinalists and ordinalists are analyzed, but essentially this is a presentation of fresh elements in the case for cardinalism. Special themes analyzed include the distinction between utility and risk attitude, motivating decisions in case of uncertainty, multiperiod allocations and complementarity. Empirical evidence is presented and it seems that attempts at measuring utility give amazing results.br/ The book will interest researchers, teachers and advanced students in economics, economic psychology, welfare theory and themes concerned with human behaviour.br/


Foreword; M. Allais. Introduction; O. Hagen. I: Absolute Satisfaction; M. Allais. II: Determination of Cardinal Utility According to an Intrinsic Invariant Model; M. Allais. III: Cardinal Utility: History, Empirical Findings, and Applications. An Overview; M. Allais. IV: Cardinal Utility: A History of Hedonimetry; T. Ellingsen. V: Cardinalism and Dynamic Analysis in Economic Theory; E. Grønn. VI: The Short Step from Ordinal to Cardinal Utility; O. Hagen. VI: A Cardinal Utility Approach to the Theory of the Business Cycle; M. Kraft, P. Weise. VIII: Filtering Risk Effect in Standard Gamble Utility Measurement; R. Krzystofowicz. IX: Generic Utility Theory: Explanatory Model, Behavioral Hypotheses, Empirical Evidence; R. Krzystofowicz. X. The Fundamental Cardinalist Approach and its Prospects; M. Allais.


Titel: Cardinalism
Untertitel: A Fundamental Approach
EAN: 9789401043847
ISBN: 978-94-010-4384-7
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Genre: Philosophie
Anzahl Seiten: 307
Gewicht: g
Größe: H18mm x B242mm x T161mm
Jahr: 2011
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994



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