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A characterization and an impossibility of finite length anonymity for infinite generations

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In the context of ranking infinite utility streams, the impartiality axiom of finite length anonymity requires the equal ranking of any two utility streams that are equal up to a finite length permutation (Fleurbaey and Michel, 2003). We first characterize any finite length permutation as a composition of a fixed step permutation and an "almost" fixed step permutation. We then show that if a binary relation satisfies finite length anonymity, then it violates all the distributional axioms that are based on a segment-wise comparison. Examples of those axioms include the weak Pareto principle and the weak Pigou-Dalton principle.

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  • Sakai, Toyotaka, 2010. "A characterization and an impossibility of finite length anonymity for infinite generations," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(5), pages 877-883, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:46:y:2010:i:5:p:877-883
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