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Equity Among Generations
Vol. 48, No. 5 (Jul., 1980), pp. 1251-1256
Published by: The Econometric Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1912181
Page Count: 6
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Normally the objective functions used in optimal growth theory either treat present generations more favorable than future ones or give an incomplete ranking of possible welfare distributions. The problem is the infinite horizon. In this paper we analyze the conditions under which it is possible to treat a countably infinite number of generations equally. The existence of equitable objective functions or preferences, giving a complete ranking of possible welfare distributions, is proved.
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