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Quasi-metrics for possibility results: intergenerational preferences and continuity

Estevan, Asier, Maura, Roberto and Valero, Óscar (2023) Quasi-metrics for possibility results: intergenerational preferences and continuity. Mathematics, 11 (2). ISSN 2227-7390

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Identification Number: 10.3390/math11020395


In this paper, we provide the counterparts of a few celebrated impossibility theorems for continuous social intergenerational preferences according to P. Diamond, L.G. Svensson and T. Sakai. In particular, we give a topology that must be refined for continuous preferences to satisfy anonymity and strong monotonicity. Furthermore, we suggest quasi-pseudo-metrics as an appropriate quantitative tool for reconciling topology and social intergenerational preferences. Thus, we develop a metric-type method which is able to guarantee the possibility counterparts of the aforesaid impossibility theorems and, in addition, it is able to give numerical quantifications of the improvement of welfare. Finally, a refinement of the previous method is presented in such a way that metrics are involved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2023 15:57
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 18:57

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