Economic Theory

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 375–391 | Cite as

Strength of preference and cardinal utility

Research Articles


This paper provides simpler and more general preference foundations for difference representations than known before and shows how to obtain cardinal utility from those difference representations. In addition, this paper unifies all earlier derivations of cardinal utility by showing that they are implied as direct corollaries.

Keywords and Phrases:

Cardinal utility Strength of preference Difference relation. 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Quantitative EconomicsUniversity of MaastrichtMaastrichtTHE NETHERLANDS

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