A Representation Theorem for “Preference for Flexibility”

A Representation Theorem for “Preference for Flexibility”

Econometrica. May
1979, Vol. 47, Issue 3, Pages 565-577

This paper concerns individual choice among “opportunity sets,” from which the individual will later choose a single object. In particular, it concerns preference relations on opportunity sets which satisfy “preference for flexibility,” a set is at least as good as all of its subsets, but which may not satisfy “revealed preference,” the union of two sets may be strictly preferred to each one taken separately. A representation theorem is given which “rationalizes” such choice behavior as being as if the individual is “uncertain about future tastes.”