Strong Anonymity and Infinite Streams
KU Leuven - Center for Economic Studies
December 1, 2011
The extended rank-discounted utilitarian social welfare order introduced and axiomatized by Stéphane Zuber and Geir B. Asheim satisfies strong anonymity (J. Econ. Theory (2011)). We question the appropriateness of strong anonymity in the context of a countably infinite sequence of subsequent generations. A modified criterion that is incomplete and satisfies finite anonymity is presented.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: intergenerational equity, discounted utilitarianism
JEL Classification: D63, H43, Q56working papers series
Date posted: January 3, 2012
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