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Any Non-Individualistic Social Welfare Function Violates the Pareto Principle

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  • Louis Kaplow
  • Steven Shavell

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The public at large, many policymakers, and some economists hold views of social welfare that attach some importance to factors other than individuals' utilities. This note shows that any such non-individualistic notion of social welfare conflicts with the Pareto principle.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7051.

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Date of creation: Mar 1999
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Publication status: published as Kaplow, Louis and Steven Shavell. "Any Non-Welfarist Method Of Policy Assessment Violates The Pareto Principle," Journal of Political Economy, 2001, v109(2,Apr), 281-286.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:7051

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  1. Louis Kaplow, 2000. "Horizontal Equity: New Measures, Unclear Principles," NBER Working Papers 7649, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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