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Looking at the Integration of Nations through the Lens of the Merger of Populations: Preliminary Superadditivity and Impossibility Results

Oded Stark

Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), 2010, vol. 146, issue IV, 661-675

Abstract: This paper looks at the integration of regions and nations through the prism of the merger of populations. The paper employs a particular index of social dismay. It presents examples of two of the main results arising from the study of the merger of two populations: that the social dismay of an integrated population is greater than the sum of the social dismay of the constituent populations when apart, and that a self-contained, non-publicly financed policy aimed at retaining the levels of wellbeing of individuals at their pre-merger magnitudes cannot be implemented: there is not enough of a gain to compensate for the loss.

Keywords: Integration of regions and nations; Merging populations; Social dismay; Policy response (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D02 D63 F55 P51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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