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

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Asheim, Geir B.; Zuber, Stephane;
(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 ll out the space between cri... View more
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