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More on Harsanyi's utilitarian cardinal welfare theorem

Border, K. C. (1985) More on Harsanyi's utilitarian cardinal welfare theorem. Social Choice and Welfare, 1 (4). pp. 279-281. ISSN 0176-1714. doi:10.1007/BF00649263.

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If individuals and society both obey the expected utility hypothesis and social alternatives are uncertain, then the social utility must be a linear combination of the individual utilities, provided the society is indifferent when all its members are. This result was first proven by Harsanyi [4] who made implicit assumptions in the proof not actually needed for the result (see [5]). This note presents a straightforward proof of Harsanyi's theorem based on a separating hyperplane argument.

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Additional Information:© 1985 Springer-Verlag. Received: 21 September 1984; Accepted: 25 October 1984. I wish to thank Stephen Selinger for pointing out Resnick's argument to me and W. A. J. Luxemburg for a useful discussion which simplified the argument.
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Official Citation:Border, K.C. Soc Choice Welfare (1985) 1: 279.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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