Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70441
Authors: 
Dubey, Ram Sewak
Mitra, Tapan
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
CAE Working Paper 10-02
Abstract: 
The paper examines the problem of aggregating infinite utility streams with a social welfare function which respects the Anonymity and Weak Pareto Axioms. It provides a complete characterization of domains (of the one period utilities) on which such an aggregation is possible. A social welfare function satisfying the Anonymity and Weak Pareto Axioms exists on precisely those domains which do not contain any set of the order type of the set of positive and negative integers. The criterion is applied to decide on possibility and impossibility results for a variety of domains. It is also used to provide an alternative formulation of the characterization result in terms of the accumulation points of the domain.
Subjects: 
Anonymity Axiom
Weak Pareto Axiom
Social Welfare Function
Infinite Utility Streams
Domain Restrictions
Order Types
Accumulation Points
JEL: 
D60
D70
D90
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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