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Assessing risky social situations

Fleurbaey, Marc (2009) Assessing risky social situations. LSE Choice Group working paper series, vol. 5, no. 9. The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper re-examines the welfare economics of risk. It singles out a class of criteria, the “expected equally-distributed equivalent”, as the unique class which avoids serious drawbacks of existing approaches. Such criteria behave like ex-post criteria when the final statistical distribution of wellbeing is known ex ante, and like ex-ante criteria when risk generates no inequality. The paper also provides a new result on the tension between inequality aversion and respect of individual ex ante preferences, in the vein of Harsanyi’s aggregation theorem.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/CPNSS/Home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2009 The author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Choice Group
Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2010 11:04
Last Modified: 18 May 2011 09:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27006

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