Economic Theory

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 223–250 | Cite as

Consequentialism and dynamic consistency in updating ambiguous beliefs

  • Takao AsanoEmail author
  • Hiroyuki Kojima
Research Article


By proposing the notions of upper-constrained dynamic consistency and lower-constrained dynamic consistency that are weaker axioms than dynamic consistency, this paper axiomatizes the Dempster–Shafer updating rule and naive Bayes’ updating rule within the framework of Choquet expected utility. Based on the notion of conditional comonotonicity, this paper also provides an axiomatization of consequentialism under Choquet expected utility. Furthermore, based on the idea of the mean-preserving rule, this paper provides a unified approach for distinguishing capacity updating rules (the Dempster–Shafer updating rule, naive Bayes’ updating rule, and Fagin–Halpern updating rule) according to the degree of dynamic consistency.


Dynamic consistency Consequentialism Choquet expected utility Conditional comonotonicity Conditional preferences Dempster–Shafer updating rule Naive Bayes’ updating rule Fagin–Halpern updating rule 

JEL Classification

C71 D81 D90 



We acknowledge an anonymous reviewer and the co-editor, Mark Machina, whose comments improve this paper substantially. We are grateful to Youichiro Higashi, Hidetoshi Komiya, Hiroyuki Ozaki, Shin’ichi Suda, Masayuki Yao, and participants at Nagoya University, Keio University, and China Meeting of Econometric Society 2016 (Chengdu, China). This research is financially supported by the JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 17K03806, 16K03558, 26380240, 25380239, and 23000001, and the Joint Research Program of KIER.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsTeikyo UniversityHachioji, TokyoJapan

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