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The origins of quasi-concavity: a development between mathematics and economics

By Angelo Guerraggio and Elena Molho

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AbstractThe origins of the notion of quasi-concave function are considered, with special interest in some work by John von Neumann, Bruno de Finetti, and W. Fenchel. The development of such pioneering studies subsequently led to a whole field of research, known as “generalized convexity.” The different styles of the three authors and the various motivations for introducing quasi-concavity are compared, without losing sight of economic applications characteristic of the whole field of generalized convexity

Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.hm.2003.07.001
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