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On social welfare functionals: Representation theorems and equivalence classes

  • Levin, Vladimir L.

We substantially weaken the traditional unrestricted domain assumption and give axiomatic characterizations of social welfare functionals representable by utility functions of the form , where is a utility profile specifying a concrete welfare situation, and W is a real-valued function belonging to a particular class. Also we consider general equivalence relations on the utility space and obtain representation theorems on utility equivalence classes.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

Volume (Year): 59 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 299-305

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