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A Complete and Strongly Anonymous Leximin Relation on Infinite Streams

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  • Geir B. Asheim
  • Stéphane Zuber

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Various extensions of the leximin order to the infinite dimensional setting have been suggested. They relax completeness and strong anonymity. Instead, by removing sensitivity to generations at infinite rank this paper defines a complete and strongly anonymous leximin relation on infinite streams. The order is axiomatized, and it is shown to be the limit of extended rank-discounted utilitarianism for any utility function, as the discount factor approaches zero.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3578.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3578

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Keywords: intergenerational equity; lexicographic maximin;

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  1. Alcantud, José Carlos R., 2011. "Liberal approaches to ranking infinite utility streams: When can we avoid interferences?," MPRA Paper 32198, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  3. Michele Lombardi & Roberto Veneziani, 2009. "Liberal Egalitarianism and the Harm Principle," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd09-078, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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