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The Indexing Impasse: Is "the Intersection Approach" a Solution?

  • Brun, B.C.
  • Tungodden, B.

Rawls (1971,1993) suggests that interpersonal comparisons of well-being should be based on a primary goods index, but it is well-known that in general this approach is not compatible with the Pareto principle. This is the indexing impasse. Sen (1985,1991) argues that this is partly due to the fact that the approach does not take note of the citizen's orderings of these bundles of valuable objects. He suggests an +intersection approach ; , which is an incomplete approach to interpersonal comparisons based on judgements that are shared implications of the relevant set of weighting schemes. In this paper, we show that +the intersection approach; does not provide any solution to the indexing impasse. Unless the individuals have identical preferences, +the intersection approach; is incompatible with the Pareto principle.

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Paper provided by Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration- in its series Papers with number 24/98.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:norgee:24/98
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