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The Welfare Evaluation of Primary Goods: A Suggestion

  • Villar, Antonio

    (Department of Economics, University of Alicante)

This paper presents a characterization of a welfare index for the evaluation of primary goods (to be understood as those goods that all agents should enjoy equally). The welfare associated with a given distribution of n primary goods among m agents is measured as the sum of n real-valued functions, one for each good, which are increasing in the aggregate consumption and decreasing in its dispersion (measured by Theil's first inequality index).

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 98.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2001
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:98
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