Escaping the Repugnant Conclusion: Rank-Discounted Utilitarianism with Variable Population

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Geir B. Asheim; Stéphane Zuber;
(2012)
  • Subject: social evaluation, population ethics, critical-level utilitarianism, social discounting
    • jel: jel:Q56 | jel:D63 | jel:H43 | jel:D71

Evaluation of climate policies and other issues requires a variable population setting where population is endogenously determined. We propose and axiomatize the rank-discounted critical-level utilitarian social welfare order. It is shown to fill out the space between c... View more
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