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On bounded dominance criteria

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  • Ooghe, Erwin
  • Lambert, Peter

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A well-known criterion to make heterogeneous welfare comparisons is Atkinson and Bourguignon’s (1987) sequential generalized Lorenz dominance (SGLD) criterion. Recently, Fleurbaey, Hagneré and Trannoy (2003) convincingly argue that it contains unreasonable household utility profiles and suggest to put (lower and upper) bounds on the needs of the different household types. First, we generalize Atkinson and Bourguignon’s SGLD criterion, by introducing lower bounds in the household utility profiles. Second, we propose a new SGLD criterion by introducing upper bounds in a similar way. Third, we impose lower and upper bounds simultaneously and obtain a criterion which is intermediate between Ebert’s (1999) equivalence scale weighted approach and Atkinson and Bourguignon’s (1987) SGLD approach.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

Volume (Year): 52 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 15-30

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Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:52:y:2006:i:1:p:15-30

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  1. Marc Fleurbaey & Cyrille Hagneré & Alain Trannoy, 2007. "Welfare Comparisons of Income Distributions and Family Size," IDEP Working Papers 0702, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France, revised 16 Jan 2007.
  2. Udo Ebert, 2010. "Dominance criteria for welfare comparisons: using equivalent income to describe differences in needs," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 69(1), pages 55-67, July.

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