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Welfare Egalitarianism in Non-Rival Environments

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  • Francois Maniquet

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    (Department of Economics, Universite catholique de Louvain)

  • Yves Sprumont

We study equity in economies where a set of agents commonly own a technology producing a non-rival good from their private contributions. A social ordering function associates to each economy a complete ranking of the allocations. We build social ordering functions satisfying the property that individual welfare levels exceeding a legitimate upper bound should be reduced. Combining that property with efficiency and robustness properties with respect to changes in the set of agents, we obtain a kind of welfare egalitarianism based on a constructed numerical representation of individual preferences.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science in its series Economics Working Papers with number 0016.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: May 2002
Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Theory, vol. 120(2), February 2005, 155-74
Handle: RePEc:ads:wpaper:0016
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