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Title:Escaping the repugnant conclusion: Rank-discounted utilitarianism with variable population PDF Logo
Authors:Asheim, Geir B.
Zuber, Stéphane
Issue Date: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
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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