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Resolving distributional conflicts between generations
(Discussion paper2002:11, Working paper, 2002-05)
We describe a new approach to the problem of resolving distributional conflicts between an infinite and countable number of generations. We impose conditions on the social preferences that capture the following idea: ...
Do Koopmans’ postulates lead to discounted utilitarianism?
(Discussion paper2004:32, Working paper, 2004-12)
In this paper we consider variations of Koopmans’ (1960) postulates and demonstrate that these lead to a class of social preferences that is wider than discounted utilitarianism. We formulate a utilitiarian condition ...
Sustainable recursive social welfare functions
(Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2012)
What ethical criterion for intergenerational justice should be adopted, e.g., when faced with the task of managing the global environment? Koopmans’ axiomatization of discounted utilitarianism is based on seemingly compelling ...