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Just Intergenerational Resource Sharing: An Axiomatic Approach

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In contrast to customary approaches to the theoretical economic problem of intergenerational resource distribution, we employ an axiomatic approach based on two principles: efficiency and sustainability. These are operationalized and then decisions which satisfy them are characterized in the presence of a standard technology. Upon interpreting some basic implications, the chosen approach turns out to be a kind of fusion of utilitarian principles and a particular distributional restriction. The proof of the existence of a resource-sustaining solution for a generalized model reveals some interesting relationships between our approach and general equilibrium theory.


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Hellwig, K., Speckbacher, G. (1993). Just Intergenerational Resource Sharing: An Axiomatic Approach. In: Diewert, W.E., Spremann, K., Stehling, F. (eds) Mathematical Modelling in Economics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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