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Uncertainty and critical-level population principles

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  • Walter Bossert

    (University of Waterloo, Department of Economics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1)

  • David Donaldson

    (University of British Columbia, Department of Economics, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z1)

  • Charles Blackorby

    (University of British Columbia, Department of Economics, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z1, and GREQAM, 2, rue de la Charité, F-13002 Marseille, France)

Abstract

This paper analyzes variable-population social-evaluation principles in a framework where outcomes are uncertain. We provide characterizations of expected-utility versions of critical-level generalized utilitarian rules. These principles evaluate lotteries over possible states of the world on the basis of the sum of the expected values of differences between transformed utility levels and a transformed critical level, conditional on the agents` being alive in the states under consideration. Equivalently, the critical-level utilitarian value functions applied to weighted individual expected utilities can be employed. Weights are determined by the anonymity axiom.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 11 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-20

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:11:y:1998:i:1:p:1-20

Note: Received: 21 November 1996 / Accepted: 11 March 1997
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Keywords: Population ethics · uncertainty · critical levels;

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  1. Blackorby, Charles & Bossert, Walter & Donaldson, David, 1999. "Price-Independent Welfare Prescriptions and Population Size," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 84(1), pages 111-119, January.
  2. Blackorby, Charles & Bossert, Walter & Donaldson, David, 2001. "The Axiomatic Approach to Population Ethics," Discussion Paper 24, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  3. Ritxar Arlegi & Miguel Angel Ballester & María del Carmen Marco & Jorge Nieto, 2000. "Variable population egalitarian ethics and the critical-level: A note," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 0013, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  4. Blackorby, Charles & Bossert, Walter & Donaldson, David, 2005. "Population Ethics and the Value of Life," Working Paper Series RP2005/03, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  5. Pivato, Marcus, 2011. "Additive representation of separable preferences over infinite products," MPRA Paper 28262, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2003. "Harsanyi’s Social Aggregation Theorem : A Multi-Profile Approach with Variable-Population Extensions," Cahiers de recherche 2003-05, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  7. Blackorby, C. & Bossert, W. & Donaldson, D., 1996. "Foreign Aid and Population Policy: Some Ethical Considerations," Working Papers 9608, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics.
  8. Blackorby, Charles & Bossert, Walter & Donaldson, David, 2000. "Population Principles with Number-Dependent Critical Levels," Working Papers 2000-06, Rice University, Department of Economics.
  9. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2002. "Critical-Level Population Principles and the Repugnant Conclusion," Cahiers de recherche 2002-15, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  10. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2002. "In Defense of Welfarism," Cahiers de recherche 2002-02, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.

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