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Measurement Scales and Welfarist Social Choice

Michael Morreau () and John Weymark ()
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Michael Morreau: UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

No 15-00008, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers from Vanderbilt University Department of Economics

Abstract: The social welfare functional approach to social choice theory fails to distinguish between a genuine change in individual well-beings from a merely representational change due to the use of di erent measurement scales. A generalization of the concept of a social welfare functional is introduced that explicitly takes account of the scales that are used to measure well-beings so as to distinguish between these two kinds of changes. This generalization of the standard theoretical framework results in a more satisfactory formulation of welfarism, the doctrine that social alternatives are evaluated and socially ranked solely in terms of the well-beings of the relevant individuals. This scale-dependent form of welfarism is axiomatized using this framework. The implications of this approach for characterizing classes of social welfare orderings are also considered.

Keywords: grading; measurement scales; social welfare functionals; utility aggregation; welfarism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 D6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-07-13
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