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Multi-profile welfarism: A generalization

  • Charles Blackorby

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  • Walter Bossert

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  • David Donaldson

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This paper characterizes welfarist social evaluation in a multi-profile setting where, in addition to multiple utility profiles, there may be more than one profile of nonwelfare information. We prove a new version of the welfarism theorem in this alternative framework, and we demonstrate that adding a plausible and weak anonymity property to the welfarism axioms generates welfarist social-evaluation orderings that are anonymous. Journal of Economic Literature

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Volume (Year): 24 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 253-267

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