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A characterization of utilitarianism without the transitivity axiom

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  • Vincenzo DenicolÔ

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, UniversitÁ degli Studi di Bologna, Strada Maggiore, 45, I-40125 Bologna, Italy)

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We show that d'Aspremont and Gevers' (1977) characterization of utilitarianism can be strengthened by dropping the condition of transitivity of the social preference relation while slightly strengthening the Anonymity condition. The Anonymity condition we use is weaker, however, than the combination of transitivity and d'Aspremont and Gevers' Anonymity condition.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

Volume (Year): 16 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 273-278

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Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:16:y:1999:i:2:p:273-278

Note: Received: 24 January 1996/Accepted: 1 December 1997
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