Social criteria for evaluating population change: an alternative to the Blackorby-Donaldson criterion

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Abstract

An ethical objection is raised against the Blackorby-Donaldson criterion of optimum population maximizing the sum total of utilities in excess of some critical level, since it may disprefer a social state with more people and with more worthwhile lives. However, the criterion may serve as a practicably reasonable compromise between maximizing total and average utility. Nevertheless, an alternative compromise (the maximization of number-dampened total utility) is proposed that is free from the above objection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-381
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1986

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