Any Non-Individualistic Social Welfare Function Violates the Pareto Principle
8 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2000 Last revised: 9 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 1999
The public at large, many policymakers, and some economists hold views of social welfare that attach some importance to factors other than individuals' utilities. This note shows that any such non-individualistic notion of social welfare conflicts with the Pareto principle.
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