Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/65381
Authors: 
Asheim, Geir B.
Zuber, Stéphane
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper: Public Choice 3958
Abstract: 
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 fill out the space between critical-level utilitarianism and (a version of) critical-level leximin. Moreover, it satisfies many conditions and principles used to evaluate variable population criteria. In particular, it avoids the repugnant conclusion even when the critical level is zero.
Subjects: 
social evaluation
population ethics
critical-level utilitarianism
social discounting
JEL: 
D63
D71
H43
Q56
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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