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Escaping the Repugnant Conclusion: Rank-Discounted Utilitarianism with Variable Population
We contribute to population ethics by proposing and axiomatizing rank-discounted critical-level generalized utilitarianism (RDCLU). Population ethics is needed for evaluation of policies, e.g.,Expand
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Can preferences for catastrophe avoidance reconcile social discounting with intergenerational equity?
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We show that substantial time discounting can arise from the planner’s taste for catastrophe avoidance, even if the probability of the world ending is infinitesimally small. Expand
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Who Wins and Who Loses? Public Transfer Accounts for Us Generations Born 1850 to 2090
Public transfer programs in industrial nations are thought to benefit the elderly through pension and health care programs at the expense of the young and future generations. However, thisExpand
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Justifying Social Discounting: The Rank-Discounted Utilitarian Approach
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The popular discounted utilitarian criterion for infinite horizon social choice has been criticized on the ground that it treats successive generations unfairly. Expand
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Discounting, risk and inequality: A general approach
The common practice consists in using a unique value of the discount rate for all public investments. Endorsing a social welfare approach to discounting, we show how different public investmentsExpand
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Harsanyi's theorem without the sure-thing principle: On the consistent aggregation of Monotonic Bernoullian and Archimedean preferences
  • S. Zuber
  • Mathematics, Economics
  • 1 March 2016
This paper studies the extension of Harsanyi’s theorem (Harsanyi, 1955) in a framework involving uncertainty. It seeks to extend the aggregation result to a wide class of Monotonic Bernoullian andExpand
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Climate policies deserve a negative discount rate
We defend a methodology of discounting, for the evaluation of the long-term effects of climate policies, which relies on a social welfare objective, against the view that the market rate of returnExpand
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Fair management of social risk
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We provide a general method for extending social preferences defined for riskless economic environments to the context of risk and uncertainty, revisiting basic ideas from Harsanyi's celebrated aggregation theorem. Expand
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Can Social Preferences Be both Stationary and Paretian
La theorie macroeconomique utilise generalement des fonctions de bien-etre social stationnaires. Dans cet article, nous nous interrogeons sur la compatibilite entre cette hypothese de stationnariteExpand
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Ethique de la population : l'apport des critères de bien-être dépendant du rang
This paper discusses the interest of rank-dependent welfare criteria for population ethics. Population ethics is concerned with the evaluation and the comparison of allocations when population sizeExpand
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