Welfare Comparisons of Income Distributions and Family Size
AbstractWe investigate the problem of how to make welfare comparisons of income distributions hen a population allocation problem (how a population should be optimally divided over families for given resources) adds to the usual income allocation problem. Pro-family and anti-family stances are introduced in order to make explicit the choice of an optimal family size: the individual well-being either increases or decreases with family size for a given per capita income. We argue that one should use average individual utility, rather than average household utility. We provide dominance criteria which allow for some indeterminacy about the average optimal family size, by resorting to the bounded approach to dominance analysis proposed by Fleurbaey et al. (2003).
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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jan 2007
Date of revision: 16 Jan 2007
Family Size; Dominance; Equivalence Scale; Welfare Comparison.;
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- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
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