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Sequential dominance and weighted utilitarianism

  • Ooghe, Erwin

Ok and Lambert (1999) show that one does not have to be a utilitarian to accept Atkinson and Bourguignon’s (1987) sequential generalized Lorenz dominance criterion, because the latter is also supported by a much wider class of aggregation functions. We take a minimal stance, we show that it suffices to be a weighted utilitarian –with higher weights for the more needy– to accept it. We also discuss some possible extensions.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 94 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 208-212

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