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Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 5, Issue 2–3, pp 103–126 | Cite as

Lives and well-being

  • P. Dasgupta
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Abstract

This article attempts to use the analytical framework of social choice theory for exploring the ethical foundations of population policies. It is argued that non-existence is not a state and therefore that different numbers problems are conceptionally different from same numbers problems that concern much theoretical welfare economics. By means of examples it is argued that we should not expect to find an overall ethical ordering of social states when the size of future generations is subject to choice.

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Economic Theory Social State Future Generation Analytical Framework Social Choice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Dasgupta
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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