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Decision-making in a Social Welfare Context

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  • Helen Scarborough

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  • Michael Burton

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  • Jeff Bennett

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This paper presents analysis of the decision-making strategies adopted by respondents when confronted with potential environmental policy options that include changes in both aggregate levels of welfare and equity in distribution. The analysis is based on the results of a choice experiment designed to estimate intergenerational distribution preferences. Non-linear welfare functions are employed within a conventional conditional logit framework. The heuristics employed by respondents in the stated preference context provide valuable insights into the application of welfare principles by respondents in determining trade-offs between the potential changes in the well-being of different generations.

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  • Helen Scarborough & Michael Burton & Jeff Bennett, 2009. "Decision-making in a Social Welfare Context," Economics Series 2009_02, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:dkn:econwp:eco_2009_02
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    1. Helen Scarborough & Jeff Bennett, 2012. "Cost–Benefit Analysis and Distributional Preferences," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 14376, April.

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    Intergenerational Equity; Distribution; Choice Modelling;

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