'On the Econ within': a reply to Daniel Hausman

Gerardo Infante, Guilhem Lecouteux, Robert Sugden

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This note replies to a comment by Daniel Hausman on our paper ‘Preference purification and the inner rational agent: a critique of the conventional wisdom of behavioural welfare economics’. We clarify our characterisation of behavioural welfare economics and acknowledge that Hausman does fully endorse this approach. However, we argue that Hausman’s response to our critique, like behavioural welfare economics itself, implicitly uses a model of an inner rational agent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Economic Methodology
Issue number1
Early online date14 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • behaviooural welfare economics
  • inner rational agent
  • preference purification

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