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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521825511
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Series: Econometric Society Monographs Series, #39
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Blackorby is Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, UK. He is a co-author of Duality, Separability and Functional Structure and has published articles in social choice theory and welfare economics. Profssor Blackorby is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and has received awards for his research. His current research interests are social-choice theory, population ethics, welfare economics and optimal taxation issues in public economics.

Walter Bossert is Professor of Economics and CIREQ Research Fellow at the Université de Montréal, Canada. He has published articles on social choice theory, bargaining theory and cooperative game theory. Professor Bossert's current research interests are the theory of individual and collective choice, population ethics, bargaining theory and cooperative game theory. He is a member of the editorial board of Social Choice and Welfare.

David Donaldson is Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada. He has received awards for teaching and research and has published articles in social choice theory and welfare economics. Professor Donaldson's current research interests include social choice theory, population ethics and interpersonal comparisons of well-being using equivalence scales in welfare economics.

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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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