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

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

by Charles Blackorby, David J. Donaldson, Walter Bossert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521825512

ISBN-13: 9780521825511

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. The approach is, in the main, welfarist, basing rankings on the well-being, broadly conceived, of those who are alive (or ever lived). The axiomatic method is employed, and topics investigated include the measurement of…  See more details below

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This book presents an exploration of the idea of the common or social good, extended so that alternatives with different populations can be ranked. The approach is, in the main, welfarist, basing rankings on the well-being, broadly conceived, of those who are alive (or ever lived). The axiomatic method is employed, and 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, principles that rank uncertain alternatives, best choices from feasible sets, and applications. The chapters are divided, with mathematical arguments confined to the second part. The first part is intended to make the arguments accessible to a more general readership. Although the book can be read as a defense of the critical-level generalized utilitarian class of principles, comprehensive examinations of other classes are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521825511
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Series:
Econometric Society Monographs Series, #39
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Measurement of individual well-being13
3Welfarist social evaluation41
4Fixed-population principles68
5Population principles129
6Characterizations and possibilities180
7Uncertainty and incommensurabilities209
8Independence of the existence of the dead253
9Temporal consistency272
10Choice problems and rationalizability286
11Applications320

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