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Sequential dominance and weighted utilitarianism


  • Erwin Ooghe


Ok and Lambert (1999) show that one does not have to be a utilitarian to accept Atkinson and Bourguignon’s (1987) sequential generalized Lorenz dominance criterion, because the latter is also supported by a much wider class of aggregation functions. We take a minimal stance, we show that it suffices to be a weighted utilitarian –with higher weights for the more needy– to accept it. We also discuss some possible extensions.

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  • Erwin Ooghe, 2005. "Sequential dominance and weighted utilitarianism," Working Papers Department of Economics ces0518, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:ces0518

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    1. Udo Ebert, 2010. "Dominance criteria for welfare comparisons: using equivalent income to describe differences in needs," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 69(1), pages 55-67, July.
    2. Udo Ebert, 2008. "Living Standard, Social Welfare, and the Redistribution of Income in a Heterogeneous Population," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 10(5), pages 873-889, October.

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