A Theorem on Utilitarianism

@article{Maskin1978ATO,
  title={A Theorem on Utilitarianism},
  author={Eric Maskin},
  journal={The Review of Economic Studies},
  year={1978},
  volume={45},
  pages={93-96}
}
  • E. Maskin
  • Published 1 February 1978
  • Economics
  • The Review of Economic Studies
In a recent paper [1], d'Aspremont and Gevers establish that if a social welfare functional (SWFL) satisfies several reasonable properties, and if interpersonal comparisons of absolute welfare levels are prohibited, although unit interpersonal comparisons of welfare are not (for a discussion of unit and level welfare comparisons, see Sen [9]), the SWFL must be the principle of utilitarianism. In this paper we derive a similar result when full comparability of welfare is permitted, so that both… 

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