Population Issues in Social Choice Theory, Welfare Economics, and Ethics

Population Issues in Social Choice Theory, Welfare Economics, and Ethics

by Charles Blackorby, Walter Bossert, David J. Donaldson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521532582

ISBN-13: 9780521532587

Pub. Date: 06/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents an exploration of the idea of the common or social good, extended so that alternatives with different populations can be ranked. Basing rankings on the well-being, broadly conceived, of those who are alive (or ever lived), the axiomatic method is employed. Topics investigated include the measurement of individual well-being, social attitudes

Overview

This book presents an exploration of the idea of the common or social good, extended so that alternatives with different populations can be ranked. Basing rankings on the well-being, broadly conceived, of those who are alive (or ever lived), the axiomatic method is employed. Topics investigated include the measurement of individual well-being, social attitudes toward inequality of well-being, the main classes of population principles, principles that provide incomplete rankings or rank uncertain alternatives, best choices from feasible sets, and applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521532587
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Series:
Econometric Society Monographs Series, #39
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The measurement of individual well-being; 3. Welfarist social evaluation; 4. Fixed-population principles; 5. Population principles; 6. Characterizations and possibilities; 7. Uncertainty and incommensurabilities; 8. Independence and the existence of the dead; 9. Temporal consistency; 10. Choice problems and rationalizability; 11. Applications.

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