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In Defense of Welfarism

  • BLACKORBY, Charles
  • BOSSERT, Walter
  • DONALDSON, David

This paper characterizes welfarist social evaluation in a multi-profile setting where, in addition to multiple utility profiles, it is assumed that there are several profiles of non-welfare information. We prove new versions of the welfarism theorems in this alternative framework, and we illustrate that a very plausible and weak anonymity property is sufficient to generate anonymous social-evaluation orderings.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2002-02.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2002-02
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