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Variations on a Theme by Gossen

Trygve Haavelmo and Olav Bjerkholt ()

No 27/2013, Memorandum from Oslo University, Department of Economics

Abstract: The memo consists of six papers on a common theme: applying economic analysis to subjects at the time, 1972, considered non-economic. The first paper considers changes in preferences. The second considers strategies of a regime and its opposition. The third discusses collective decision making in the light of Arrow's possibility theorem and the voting paradox. The fourth discusses some problems of inefficiency in modern industrialised societies, and the onsequences on the welfare of the population. The fifth discusses some aspects of redistributive policies, and the sixth various instances of the conflict between individual and collective rationality, particularly in the case of environmental and population policies.

Keywords: Welfare; government policy; relation of economics to other disciplines (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 D01 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-ger and nep-hpe
Date: 2013-12-03
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