Econometrica: May 1974, Volume 42, Issue 3

Recursively Decentralized Decision Making<487:RDDM>2.0.CO;2-0
p. 487-496

Charles Blackorby, Daniel Primont, David Nissen, R. Robert Russell

Decentralized decision making is consistent if it is executed without cost (i.e., without a loss of output or utility). Consistency requires that the objective function be appropriately structured. In this paper, a hierarchical decision making structure is rationalized by an objective function which combines some of the properties of homothetic separability and asymmetric separability.

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