Escaping the repugnant conclusion: rank-discounted utilitarianism with variable population

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Asheim, Geir B.; Zuber, Stéphane;
  • Journal: Theoretical Economics,volume 9,issue 3 September
  • Subject: Social evaluation, population ethics, critical-level utilitarianism, social discounting
    • jel: jel:D63 | jel:D71 | jel:H43 | jel:Q56

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., concerning climate change, where population size depends on the chosen polic... View more
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