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Anonymous Single-Profile Welfarism

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  • Blackorby, Charles

    (University of Warwick and GREQAM)

  • Bossert, Walter

    (D´epartement de Sciences Economiques and CIREQ, Universit´e deMontr´eal)

  • Donaldson, David

    (Department of Economics, University of British Columbia,)

Abstract

This note reexamines the single-profile approach to social-choice theory. If an alternative is interpreted as a social state of affairs or a history of the world, it can be argued that a multi-profile approach is inappropriate because the information profile is determined by the set of alternatives. However, single-profile approaches are criticized because of the limitations they impose on the possibility of formulating properties such as anonymity. We suggest an alternative definition of anonymity that applies in a single-profile setting and characterize anonymous single-profile welfarism under a richness assumption.

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  • Blackorby, Charles & Bossert, Walter & Donaldson, David, 2004. "Anonymous Single-Profile Welfarism," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 707, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
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    1. Charles Blackorby & Walter Bossert & David Donaldson, 2007. "Variable-population extensions of social aggregation theorems," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 28(4), pages 567-589, June.
    2. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2006. "Population Ethics," Cahiers de recherche 2006-15, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
      • BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2006. "Population Ethics," Cahiers de recherche 14-2006, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.

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    Keywords

    Welfarism ; Single-Profile Social Choice ; Anonymity;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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