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Fully Bayesian Aggregation


Can a group be an orthodox rational agent? This requires the group's aggregate preferences to follow expected utility (static rationality) and to evolve by Bayesian updating (dynamic rationality). Group rationality is possible, but the only preference aggregation rules which achieve it (and are minimally Paretian and continuous) are the linear-geometric rules, which combine individual values linearly and combine individual beliefs geometrically. Linear-geometric preference aggregation contrasts with classic linear-linear preference aggregation, which combines both values and beliefs linearly, but achieves only static rationality. Our characterisation of linear-geometric preference aggregation has two corollaries: a characterisation of linear aggregation of values (Harsanyi's Theorem) and a characterisation of geometric aggregation of beliefs.
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hal-03194928 , version 1 (09-04-2021)



Franz Dietrich. Fully Bayesian Aggregation. Journal of Economic Theory, In press, 194, pp.105255. ⟨10.1016/j.jet.2021.105255⟩. ⟨hal-03194928⟩
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