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Rawlsian Intergenerational Justice as a Markov-Perfect Equilibrium in a Resource Technology

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  • Geir B. Asheim

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The Rawlsian maximin criterion is combined with nonpaternalistic altruistic preferences in a nonrenewable resource technology. The maximin programme is shown to be time-inconsistent for a subset of initial conditions. A solution to this intergenerational conflict is found, under a given assumption, as a generically unique subgame-perfect equilibrium.

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  • Geir B. Asheim, 1988. "Rawlsian Intergenerational Justice as a Markov-Perfect Equilibrium in a Resource Technology," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 55(3), pages 469-483.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:restud:v:55:y:1988:i:3:p:469-483.
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