Alcantud, José Carlos R. and García-Sanz, María D.
(2010):
*Evaluations of infinite utility streams: Pareto-efficient and egalitarian axiomatics.*

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## Abstract

Two factors influence the resolution of the conflict among infinite generations: the consistency/ethical postulates requested; and the utilities that each generation can possess. We contribute to qualifying the Basu-Mitra approach to this problem, that concerns social welfare functions. Firstly we examine efficiency and strengthened forms of Hammond Equity for the Future both when the feasible utilities are [0,1] and natural numbers. This complements Banerjee (Economics Letters, 2006) and Alcantud and Garcia- Sanz (Economics Letters, 2010). Secondly, we analyze the possibility of combining Pareto-efficiency and the spirit of the Hammond Equity principle for both specfications of the feasible utilities. Here the case study is richer since we analyze four different versions of this principle. We conclude that the Anonymity, Hammond Equity for the Future, and Hammond Equity ethics can be combined with weak specifications of the Pareto postulate at a time even through explicit social welfare functions.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | Evaluations of infinite utility streams: Pareto-efficient and egalitarian axiomatics |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Social welfare function; Equity; Pareto axiom; intergenerational justice |

Subjects: | D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D71 - Social Choice ; Clubs ; Committees ; Associations D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement D - Microeconomics > D9 - Intertemporal Choice > D90 - General |

Item ID: | 20133 |

Depositing User: | Jose Carlos R. Alcantud |

Date Deposited: | 19 Jan 2010 19:33 |

Last Modified: | 27 Sep 2019 02:00 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/20133 |