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In Defense of Welfarism

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  • BLACKORBY, Charles
  • BOSSERT, Walter
  • DONALDSON, David

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This paper characterizes welfarist social evaluation in a multi-profile setting where, in addition to multiple utility profiles, it is assumed that there are several profiles of non-welfare information. We prove new versions of the welfarism theorems in this alternative framework, and we illustrate that a very plausible and weak anonymity property is sufficient to generate anonymous social-evaluation orderings.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2002-02.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2002-02

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Keywords: welfarism; multie-ofile social choice;

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  1. François Maniquet, 2004. "On the equivalence between welfarism and equality of opportunity," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 127-147, 08.
  2. Mingli Zheng & Sajid Anwar, 2005. "Rational Legal Decision-Making, Value Judgment, and Efficient Precaution in Tort Law," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 161(3), pages 411-, September.

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