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On the representation and construction of equitable social welfare orders

Ram Dubey (), Giorgio Laguzzi and Francesco Ruscitti

Mathematical Social Sciences, 2020, vol. 107, issue C, 17-22

Abstract: This paper examines the representation and explicit description of social welfare orders on infinite utility streams. It is assumed that the social welfare orders under investigation satisfy upper asymptotic Pareto and anonymity axioms. We prove that there exists no real-valued representation of such social welfare orders. In addition, we establish that the existence of a social welfare order satisfying the anonymity and upper asymptotic Pareto axioms implies the existence of a non-Ramsey set, which is a non-constructive object. Thus, we conclude that the social welfare orders under study do not admit explicit description.

Keywords: Anonymity; Non-Ramsey set; Social welfare function; Social welfare order; Upper asymptotic pareto (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.mathsocsci.2020.07.003

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