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On the reconciliation of efficiency and inequality aversion with heterogeneous populations: characterization results

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  • Bart Capéau

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  • Erwin Ooghe

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We characterize a family of r-extended generalized Lorenz dominance quasi-orderings and a family of r-Gini welfare orderings, on the basis of two allegedly "incompatible" axioms for heterogeneous welfare comparisons (Ebert, 1997, Ebert and Moyes, 2003, Shorrocks, 1995), but at the cost of either completeness or separability.

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  • Bart Capéau & Erwin Ooghe, 2004. "On the reconciliation of efficiency and inequality aversion with heterogeneous populations: characterization results," Public Economics Working Paper Series wpeiahp, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Working Group Public Economics.
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    Keywords

    heterogeneous welfare comparisons; equivalent income functions.;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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