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Las comparaciones interpersonales y la evaluación de estados sociales alternativos

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  • Andrés Fernando Casas

    () (Ministerio de Educación)

  • Darwin F. Cortés

    () (Universidad del Rosario)

  • Luis Fernando Gamboa

    () (Universidad del Rosario)

Abstract

This document outlines the basic concepts of economic theory that are used to evaluate alternative social states, based on the formulation of a social welfare function that either permits or denies interpersonal comparisons of utility. Specially, it shows different approaches of old and new welfare economics. And concludes that Amartya Sen’s contribution to the concept of welfare as functioning and of justice as capacity to choose among different functionings, makes it possible to consider agents differently and to evaluate alternative options of life conditions.

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  • Andrés Fernando Casas & Darwin F. Cortés & Luis Fernando Gamboa, 2003. "Las comparaciones interpersonales y la evaluación de estados sociales alternativos," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 5(8), pages 147-160, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:5:y:2003:i:8:p:147-160
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    1. Sen, Amartya, 1988. "The concept of development," Handbook of Development Economics, in: Hollis Chenery & T.N. Srinivasan (ed.),Handbook of Development Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 1, pages 9-26, Elsevier.
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    5. John C. Harsanyi, 1955. "Cardinal Welfare, Individualistic Ethics, and Interpersonal Comparisons of Utility," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 63, pages 309-309.
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    Keywords

    welfare economics; alternative social states; interpersonal comparisons;

    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Other

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