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Benefit function and individual preferences. A generalization of the zero-maximum principle

Juan Aparicio () and Jesus Pastor

Economics and Business Letters, 2012, vol. 1, issue 1, 12-20

Abstract: In this paper we show that given a utility threshold Luenberger’s benefit function correctly represents individual preferences as long as specific reference commodity bundles are considered. We further show a condition which is sufficient for reaching Pareto optimality that generalizes the zero-maximum principle proposed by Luenberger. Under our hypothesis, the social benefit could be positive, negative or zero, and not necessarily always zero.

Date: 2012
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