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An Impossibility Result for Social Welfare Relations in Infinitely-lived Societies

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  • Michele Lombardi
  • Roberto Veneziani

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This paper extends the analysis of liberal principles in social choice recently proposed by Mariotti and Veneziani ([6]) to societies with an infinite number of agents. First, a novel characterisation of the inegalitarian leximax social welfare relation is provided based on the Individual Benefit Principle, which incorporates a liberal, non-interfering view of society. This result is surprising because the IBP has no obvious anti-egalitarian content. Second, it is shown that there exists no weakly complete social welfare relation that satisfies simultaneously the standard axioms of Finite Anonymity, Strong Pareto, and Weak Continuity, and a liberal principle of Non-Interference that generalises IBP.

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  • Michele Lombardi & Roberto Veneziani, 2009. "An Impossibility Result for Social Welfare Relations in Infinitely-lived Societies," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd09-077, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hst:ghsdps:gd09-077
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    Keywords

    Infinite utility streams; Individual Benefit Principle; leximax; Non-Interference; impossibility;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development

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