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A characterization of utilitarianism without the transitivity axiom

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  • Vincenzo DenicolÔ

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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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