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Fixed-step anonymous overtaking and catching-up

  • Geir B. Asheim
  • Kuntal Banerjee

We investigate criteria for evaluating infinite utility streams that satisfy Fixed-step anonymity and includes some notion of overtaking or catching-up. We do so in a generalized setting which do not require us to specify the underlying finite-dimensional criterion (e.g., utilitarianism or leximin). We present axiomatizations that rely on weaker axioms than those in the literature, and which in one case is new. We also provide a complete analysis of the relationships between the symmetric parts of these criteria and likewise for the asymmetric parts.

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Volume (Year): 6 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 149-165

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