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Multi_profile welfarism: a generalization

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  • Charles Blackorby

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  • Walter Bossert

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  • David Donaldson

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This paper characterizes welfarist social evaluation in a multi-profile setting where, in addition to multiple utility profiles, there may be more than one profile of nonwelfare information. We prove a new version of the welfarism theorem in this alternative framework, and we demonstrate that adding a plausible and weak anonymity property to the welfarism axioms generates welfarist social-evaluation orderings that are anonymous. Journal of Economic Literature

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

Volume (Year): 25 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 227-228

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Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:25:y:2005:i:1:p:227-228

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Cited by:
  1. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2005. "Intertemporal Social Evaluation," Cahiers de recherche 06-2005, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  2. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2004. "Anonymous Single-Profile Welfarism," Cahiers de recherche 04-2004, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  3. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2006. "Population Ethics," Cahiers de recherche 14-2006, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  4. Martin Binder, 2009. "Some Considerations Regarding the Problem of Multidimensional Utility," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-099, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  5. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter, 2004. "Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being," Cahiers de recherche 06-2004, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.

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