Remarks concerning concave utility functions on finite sets

  • Yakar Kannai
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Economic Theory book series (ECON.THEORY, volume 26)


A direct construction of concave utility functions representing convex preferences on finite sets is presented. An alternative construction in which at first directions of supergradients (“prices”) are found, and then utility levels and lengths of those supergradients are computed, is exhibited as well. The concept of a least concave utility function is problematic in this context.

Keywords and Phrases

Concave utility Finite sets Supergradients Afriat-Varian algorithm Least concavity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yakar Kannai
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  1. 1.Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael

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