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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 3 Review: Preferences People choose the best things they can afford. 3.1 Consumer preferences ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ´ ( y 1 ,y 2 ) means the xbundle is strictly preferred to the ybundle. ( x 1 ,x 2) ∼ ( y 1 ,y 2 ) means that the xbundle is regarded as indifferent to the ybundle. ( x 1 ,x 2) ” ( y 1 ,y 2 ) means the xbundle is at least as good as (preferred to or indifferent to) the ybundle. 3.2 Assumptions about preferences 1. Complete: Any two bundles can be compared. ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ” ( y 1 ,y 2 ) or ( y 1 ,y 2 ) ” ( x 1 ,x 2 ), or both. 2. Reflexive: Any bundle is at least as good as itself, i.e. ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ” ( x 1 ,x 2 ). 3. Transitive: If ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ” ( y 1 ,y 2 ) and ( y 1 ,y 2 ) ” ( z 1 ,z 2 ), then ( x 1 ,x 2 ) ” ( z 1 ,z 2 ). 1 1 Transitivity is necessary for the theory of optimal choice. 1 2 CHAPTER 3. REVIEW: PREFERENCES 3.3 Indifference curve Indifference curves are a way to describe preferences. Say, you pick a certain consumption bundle ( x 1 ,x 2 ) as in the figure below, then the shaded area...
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course ECON microecono taught by Professor Yy during the Spring '10 term at Seoul National.
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