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Rawlsian equity and generalised utilitarianism with an infinite population (*)

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  • Luc Lauwers

    (Monitoraat ETEW, K. U. Leuven, Dekenstraat 2, B-3000 Leuven, BELGIUM)

This note provides axiomatizations of the discounting utilitarian rule and the Rawlsian infimum rule for an infinite setting. Contrary to the finite case, an objective function cannot at the same time satisfy anonymity and the strong Pareto principle. The Rawlsian rule is based on anonymity, and the discounting rule on the strong Pareto axiom. Furthermore, the infimum rule is compatible with an infinite version of ordinal level comparability, and the discounting rule with cardinal unit comparability.

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Article provided by Springer & Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) in its journal Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 9 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 143-150

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:9:y:1996:i:1:p:143-150
Note: Received: November 5, 1993; re-revised version July 31, 1995
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