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Are Social Indifference Curves Convex?


  • W. M. Gorman


Introduction, 485. — Samuelson's postulate on social indifference curves, 486. — Importance to it of the concept of diminishing marginal rates of substitution, 486. — Assumption that it reflects the prevaijing egalitarian ethic and the concept of ' diminishing marginal utility, 487. — In fact it has little to do with "egalitarianism" and is much more closely related to "moderation," 489. — Model showing Samuelson's postulate and some of the cases in which it may not hold, 489. — The problem of convexity and the relationship between "social" and "community" indifference curves, 495.

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  • W. M. Gorman, 1959. "Are Social Indifference Curves Convex?," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 73(3), pages 485-496.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:qjecon:v:73:y:1959:i:3:p:485-496.

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    1. John S. Chipman, 2010. "The Utility-Possibility Frontier," Chapters, in: Mark Blaug & Peter Lloyd (ed.), Famous Figures and Diagrams in Economics, chapter 34, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Chambers, Christopher P. & Echenique, Federico, 2012. "When does aggregation reduce risk aversion?," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 582-595.
    3. John Chipman, 2006. "Pareto and contemporary economic theory," International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 53(4), pages 451-475, December.

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