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Utilitarianism or Welfarism: Does it Make a Difference?

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  • Patrick MOYES ( GREThA, CNRS, UMRS 5113)
  • Nicolas GRAVEL (AMSE (GREQAM) et Aix-Marseille University)

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We show that it is possible to reconcile the utilitarian and welfarist principles under the\r\nrequirement of unanimity provided that the set of profiles over which the consensus is\r\nattained is rich enough. More precisely, we identify a closedness condition which, if satisfied\r\nby a class of n-tuples of utility functions, guarantees that the rankings of social states\r\ninduced by utilitarian and welfarist unanimities over that class are identical. We illustrate the\r\nimportance of the result for the measurement of unidimensional as well as multidimensional\r\ninequalities from a dominance point of view

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Keywords: Unanimity; Utilitarianism; Welfarism; Stochastic Dominance;

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  1. Gravel, Nicolas & Moyes, Patrick, 2012. "Ethically robust comparisons of bidimensional distributions with an ordinal attribute," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 147(4), pages 1384-1426.

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