Economic Theory

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 765–786 | Cite as

Well-being measurement with non-classical goods

  • Marc Fleurbaey
  • François ManiquetEmail author
Research Article


As in Fleurbaey and Maniquet (Math Soc Sci 90:119–126, 2017, Int J Econ Theory 14(1):35–50, 2018), we construct individual well-being measures that respect individual preferences and depend on the bundles of goods consumed by the individual. We show that the results obtained under the assumption that all available goods are desirable (more is preferred) and cardinal (convex combination of bundles are meaningful) do not generalize to the case in which goods are ordinal or not always desirable. We justify new measures. We conclude by showing that in a general case with goods of all natures, putting all results together allows us to define a short list of families of well-being measures.


Fairness Well-being measure Preferences Non-classical goods 

JEL Classification

D63 I32 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Woodrow Wilson SchoolPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.COREUniversité catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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