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A characterization of utilitarianism without the transitivity axiom

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  • Vincenzo DenicolÔ

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, UniversitÁ degli Studi di Bologna, Strada Maggiore, 45, I-40125 Bologna, Italy)

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We show that d'Aspremont and Gevers' (1977) characterization of utilitarianism can be strengthened by dropping the condition of transitivity of the social preference relation while slightly strengthening the Anonymity condition. The Anonymity condition we use is weaker, however, than the combination of transitivity and d'Aspremont and Gevers' Anonymity condition.

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  • Vincenzo DenicolÔ, 1999. "A characterization of utilitarianism without the transitivity axiom," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 16(2), pages 273-278.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:16:y:1999:i:2:p:273-278
    Note: Received: 24 January 1996/Accepted: 1 December 1997
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    1. Nicolas Gravel & Patrick Moyes, 2006. "Ethically Robust Comparisons of Distributions of Two Individual Attributes," IDEP Working Papers 0605, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France, revised Aug 2006.
    2. Nicolas Gravel & Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, 2010. "Is India better off today than 15 years ago? A robust multidimensional answer," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 8(2), pages 173-195, June.

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