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Intergenerational equity: sup, inf, lim sup, and lim inf

Chambers, Christopher P. (2009) Intergenerational equity: sup, inf, lim sup, and lim inf. Social Choice and Welfare, 32 (2). pp. 243-252. ISSN 0176-1714. doi:10.1007/s00355-008-0321-0.

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We study the problem of intergenerational equity for utility streams and a countable set of agents. A numerical social welfare function is invariant to ordinal transformation, satisfies aweak monotonicity condition, and an invariance with respect to concatenation of utility streams if and only if it is either the sup, inf, lim sup, or lim inf.

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Additional Information:© Springer-Verlag 2008. Received: 9 January 2008; accepted: 14 June 2008; published online: 9 July 2008. I would like to thank Federico Echenique, Marc Fleurbaey, and Toyotaka Sakai for discussions on intergenerational equity. Two anonymous referees and the Associate Editor also provided very useful comments. All errors are my own.
Subject Keywords:Infinite utility streams; social choice; interpersonal comparability; utilitarianism; impossibility; generations; continuity; criterion
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