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Multi-Profile Welfarism : A Generalisation

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  • Blackorby, Charles

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick and GREQAM,)

  • Bossert, Walter

    (D´epartement de Sciences Economiques and CIREQ, Universit´e deMontr´eal,)

  • Donaldson, David

    (Department of Economics, University of British Columbia,)

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This paper characterizes welfarist social evaluation in a multi-profile setting where, in addition to multiple utility profiles, there may be more than one profile of nonwelfare information. We prove a new version of the welfarism theorem in this alternative framework, and we demonstrate that adding a plausible and weak anonymity property to the welfarism axioms generates welfarist social-evaluation orderings that are anonymous. Journal of Economic Literature

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 710.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Keywords: Welfarism ; Multiple-Profile Social Choice;

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  1. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter, 2004. "Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being," Cahiers de recherche 06-2004, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  2. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2005. "Intertemporal Social Evaluation," Cahiers de recherche 2005-06, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  3. Blackorby, Charles & Bossert, Walter & Donaldson, David, 2004. "Anonymous Single-Profile Welfarism," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 707, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  4. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2006. "Population Ethics," Cahiers de recherche 2006-15, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
    • BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2006. "Population Ethics," Cahiers de recherche 14-2006, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  5. Martin Binder, 2009. "Some Considerations Regarding the Problem of Multidimensional Utility," Jena Economic Research Papers 2009-099, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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