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Combining monotonicity and strong equity: construction and representation of orders on infinite utility streams

Ram Dubey () and Tapan Mitra

Social Choice and Welfare, 2014, vol. 43, issue 3, 602 pages

Abstract: This paper studies the nature of social welfare orders (SWO) on infinite utility streams, satisfying the efficiency principle known as monotonicity and the consequentialist equity principle known as strong equity. It provides a complete characterization of domain sets for which there exists such a SWO which is in addition representable by a real valued function. It then shows that for those domain sets for which there is no such SWO which is representable, the existence of such a SWO necessarily entails the existence of a non-Ramsey set, a non-constructive object. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Keywords: Social welfare orders; Monotonicity; Strong Equity; Representation; Construction; Non-Ramsey set; D60; D70; D90 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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