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Policy Discrimination with and without Interpersonal Comparisons of Utility


  • Michael Mandler



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  • Michael Mandler, 2007. "Policy Discrimination with and without Interpersonal Comparisons of Utility," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 32(3), pages 523-549, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:32:y:2007:i:3:p:523-549 DOI: 10.1007/s00199-006-0122-6

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    1. Wayne Shafer & Hugo Sonnenschein, 1976. "Equilibrium with Externalities," Discussion Papers 145, Northwestern University, Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics and Management Science.
    2. Holmstrom, Bengt & Myerson, Roger B, 1983. "Efficient and Durable Decision Rules with Incomplete Information," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 51(6), pages 1799-1819, November.
    3. John C. Harsanyi, 1953. "Cardinal Utility in Welfare Economics and in the Theory of Risk-taking," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 61, pages 434-434.
    4. R. G. Lipsey & Kelvin Lancaster, 1956. "The General Theory of Second Best," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 24(1), pages 11-32.
    5. McCain, Roger A, 1972. "Distributional Equality and Aggregate Utility: Further Comments," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 62(3), pages 497-500, June.
    6. Michael Mandler, 2000. "Interpersonal comparisons of utility and the policy paralysis problem," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 17(1), pages 95-115.
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    1. Mandler, Michael, 2014. "Indecisiveness in behavioral welfare economics," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 219-235.

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    Welfare theorems; Pareto optimality; Optimal taxation; Policy paralysis; Ignorance priors; D50; D63; D81;

    JEL classification:

    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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