Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 385–399 | Cite as

Analyzing the impact of indirect tax reforms on rank-dependent social welfare functions: a positional dominance approach

  • Paul MakdissiEmail author
  • Stéphane Mussard
Original Paper


A new approach is developed to identify marginal tax reforms for pairs of commodities and to test for the robustness of their impacts on Yaari’s dual social welfare functions. The rank-dependent social evaluation approach gives rise to a new device, the s-concentration curve, which is a generalization of the standard concentration curve. The s-concentration curves are provided for every order of positional dominance and an illustration is performed using Canadian data.


Concentration Curve Econ Theory Stochastic Dominance Social Welfare Function Lorenz Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.CEPS/INSTEAD LuxembourgDifferdangeLuxembourg
  3. 3.GRÉDIUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  4. 4.GEREM, Département des Sciences EconomiquesUniversité de PerpignanPerpignan CedexFrance

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