Social welfare functions for different subgroup utility scales

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Abstract

This paper characterizes social welfare functions for different scales of individual utility measurement in distinct population subgroups. Different combinations of ordinal, interval, ratio, and translation scales are studied. We consider situations when utility comparisons among subgroups of individuals by unit and/or zeropoint can or cannot be made, that is when subgroup utility scales are dependent or independent. We show that for combinations of independent subgroup utility scales every corresponding social welfare function is completely determined by the opinions of only one subgroup of individuals when there is not more than one subgroup with ratio or translation scale measurable utilities. Otherwise it also might be determined by the union of subgroups corresponding to ratio and translation scales, and is in agreement with the utility scales of the decisive coalition. We also investigate social welfare functions admissible given various combinations of interval scales with a common unit that combine individual utilities from different subgroups, or with a common zero that lead to the existence of a dictatorial subgroup.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing and Applying Objective Functions
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Econometric Decision Models Constructing and Applying Objective Functions, University of Hagen, Held in Haus Nordhelle, August, 28 — 31, 2000
EditorsAndranik S. Tangian, Josef Gruber
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Pages515-530
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-56038-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-42669-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event4th International Conference on Econometric Decision Models Constructing and Applying Objective Functions 2000 - University of Hagen, Hagen, Germany
Duration: 28 Aug 200031 Aug 2000
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems
PublisherSpringer
Volume510
ISSN (Print)0075-8442

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Econometric Decision Models Constructing and Applying Objective Functions 2000
CountryGermany
CityHagen
Period28/08/0031/08/00

Keywords

  • Arrovian social choice
  • Social welfare function
  • Interpersonal utility comparisons

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