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Questions tagged [welfare-economics]

A branch of economics that focuses on the optimal allocation of resources and goods and how this affects social welfare. Welfare economics analyzes the total good or welfare that is achieve at a current state as well as how it is distributed. This relates to the study of income distribution and how it affects the common good.

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Do any social welfare functionals meet all of Arrow’s conditions, plus absolute-scale full-comparability, but no other informational condition?

I’ve been trying to think of social welfare functionals which meet all of Arrow’s conditions–––unrestricted domain, weak Pareto, independence of irrelevant utilities, and non-dictatorship (see this ...
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Are there examples of Cost Benefit Analysis using diminishing marginal utility of income?

In Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) constant Marginal Utility of Income (MUI) is usually assumed. This implies that a dollar received/earned is the same at low and high levels of income. In Social CBA, ...
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Do any social welfare functionals, other than maximin, meet all of Arrow's conditions plus invariance regarding ordinal level comparability?

In the literature on social welfare functionals, the only example I've seen of a functional which meets all of Arrow's conditions–––or at least utility analogues of Arrow's conditions–––plus ...
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Unit of analysis for income distribution, adult equivilence

Over the last few years I have seen a number of tussles over income distribution measurement in the economics journal literature between people drawing data from different sources and maintaining that ...
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What is the Walras law vs first welfare theorem

As far as I know, both of the first welfare theorem and the Walras law are closely tied to the invisible hand. what is the difference between them? thank you very much for your help
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Does the 2nd welfare theorem involve government intervention? [closed]

How is the initial redistribution of resources carried out?
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Can consumer surplus be negative if a consumer is forced to make a purchase?

Assume there is a good that a producer sells for $100$. A consumer's willingness to pay for that good is $50$. However a government program forces consumers to purchase the good irrespective of their ...
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Calculating marginal tax rates when near a cliff

When using tax and transfer microsimulation models, a common approach for calculating marginal tax rates is to recalculate the tax liability when adding $1 to earnings. This will take into account ...
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How theory of welfare economics and social choice is connected to DSGE models?

How theory of welfare economics and social choice is connected to DSGE models and how DSGE models can be used to test theories of welfare economics and to predict the policy outcomes?
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What are general equilibrium effects?

Im reading alot on public finance and have been seeing alot of mention of measuring "general equilibrium effects". I know what general equilibrium is, but i dont know what general equilibrium ...
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Does immigration help to sustain welfare in rich European countries?

There is a lot of discussions about immigration and its effect on economies lately in Europe, so I'd like to ask a question. Is it true that immigration helps to sustain welfare in rich European ...
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Excessive entry without fixed costs

Mankiw & Whinston (1986) show that the market may contain too many firms. The intuition is that if a firm charges a suboptimal high price, a rival has a demand curve that is "too high" and can ...
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Universal Basic Income [closed]

In 2017 some countries have adopted the Universal Basic Income as an alternative to Welfare Payments, my question is, is it economically feasible by governments?
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What's the term for an economic policy that has negligible effect for most, but a significant effect for a few?

I remember this came up around tariffs in the US on aluminum. They have a negligible effect on the price of an aluminum can, but aggregated across all the aluminum cans sold, it can have a significant ...
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Do I understand the second welfare theorem correctly?

As far as I understand, the second welfare theorem says that all Pareto-optimal allocations can be reached by market equilibrium on free competitive markets. Yet it seems that this understanding is ...
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Has the shrinking of the American household improved or diminished household welfare?

Over the last fifty years U.S. average household size has declined dramatically. When making within-year comparisons of household income, it is regarded as good practice to adjust for adult-equivalent ...
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Is the convexity of production sets necessary for the welfare theorems?

I have read that the convexity of production sets (for instance non-increasing returns to scale) is not a necessary assumption for the first welfare theorem but it is for the second welfare theorem. ...
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First Welfare theorem proof for local nonsatiation

I know that the First Welfare theorem holds for pure exchange economies for strict monotonicity of preferences, and logically it should also hold for local nonsatiation, but does anyone have a simple ...
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Understanding minimums in the calculation of Human Development Index

In the calculation of HDI, three indices are involved. One of them is the GNI index. In calculating this index, there's some scaling done. Quoting from the UNDP Technical notes The low minimum ...
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Microeconomic Modeling of Zero-Rated content

I'm currently writing my Bachelor Thesis which discusses the Question: Does Facebook's free Basics Programm (A website which lets people in poor countries access Internet Services without paying ...
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The role of relative prices in markets on the allocation of resources and the effect on living standards [closed]

How do the role of relative prices affect how resources are allocated? And as a result, how does this effect living standards? Would it be something along the lines of how changes of relative prices ...
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Change in Consumer Surplus with Two Price Changes: Is it Path Dependent?

The diagrams below showing demand for goods X1 and X2 are adapted from Johansson P-O (1991) An Introduction to Modern Welfare Economics (p 43). Demand for each good is assumed to be a function of its ...
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Finland's Universal Basic Income Test - how much in local terms?

Finland is currently trialling UBI at a rate of €560 (£473) per month. I'm looking for some contextualization of this figure. Is this figure supposed to cover housing costs, or are they paid from a ...
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What are the main long-standing Keynesian economic programmes in Western nations?

Much of US military spending is more easily rationalised as a job-creating programme than a form of defence, e.g. vehicles Congress funds despite Pentagon insisting it doesn't need or want them or ...
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Who originated the term “deadweight loss” and when?

I am looking for the first use of the term "deadweight loss." Any suggestions either as to who it was who first used it or how to search for it?
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Universal Basic Income - Menial Tasks

The Universal Basic Income scenario seems to be one where people are free to cultivate their passions. From what I could gather, the main argument for this to be the best case scenario goes something ...
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Why does optimal allocation call for unlimited distribution of information?

In his seminal paper Arrow (1962) states that information should be distributed without limit if an optimal allocation is to be achieved. Quote (p. 614-615): The cost of transmitting a given body ...
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Fraction of labour force providing income redistribution services

What % of the labour force for an OECD country like the UK (mostly civil service I'm guessing) deals primarily with income redistribution, rather than income generation? Would a simple flat income tax ...
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Pareto optimality with externalities

I'm reading the book "Economics of natural ressources and the environment" written by D. Pearce and R. Turner. They explain that the competitive equilibrium is not a Pareto optimum in case of (...
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equilibrium, optimum, and decentralizing the optimum

I'm reading a paper on parking: Anderson & de Palma, 2003, The economics of pricing parking. The authors repeatedly refer to either 'decentralizing the optimum' or 'the optimum can be ...
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Interpretation of the growth rate of consumption in a simple one-good model

In Perman et al. "The efficient and optimal use of natural resources" it is presented a simple single-good model of welfare dynamic optimisation with non-renewable natural resource where: Obj: $$ max ...
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If Y=K+C, why the value of a marginal unit of capital is the same of the value of a marginal unit of output?

In a simple model of welfare dynamic optimisation with non-renewable natural resource where: $$ \dot S_t = -R_t $$ $$ \dot K_t = Q(K_t,R_t)-C_t $$ one of the first order condition is that $P_t=\...
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Economic implications of allowing competition with essential services i.e police, fire department, etc

I'm wondering what are the implications of allowing competition between firms that deal with essential services in public welfare. I.e assuming there is no government regulation of such services, what ...
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Teaching ethics and its Economic value

Is there any literature that considers the benefits of ethical behaviour or teachings in Economics in terms of its value added to human capital? If there is no difference in value added, then is ...
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Transportation models in economics

How would one go about modelling the effectiveness of public transportation? More specifically how does one go about comparing two transit systems in terms of their ability to move a larger numbers of ...
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What is the relation among “welfare economics”, “institutional economics”, “environmental economics” and “neoclassical economics”

I'm doing research about environmental economics, being myself a beginner in the subject. I got confused with the branches and subdivisions of the schools of thought. Is environmental economics a ...
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The Economical “justification” of mass killings

Throughout history people have engaged in wars and mass killings. I'm sure similar stories exist in all parts of the globe, throughout the world. So what is the story? If the world revolves around ...
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Weak Axiom of Revealed Preference

Maybe this is a well-known fact that I have somehow overlooked or forgotten etc., but I found myself curious recently if there are any conclusions about WARP holding over different dimensions for a ...
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Why teach Arrow's impossibility theorem?

As part of a Macro class on social welfare, I am about to teach a very brief introduction to Arrow's impossibility theorem. The classic demonstration of this involves three voters choosing between ...
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Is an unconditional basic income pleasurable idea or it cannot be achieved? [duplicate]

I would like to know if you can tell me, what are economical theories that are in support of this kind of social system if any? Can this system be efficient?
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welfare economics journals

Does anyone know of journals related to welfare economics? If not, what is the next best alternative to find articles (preferably open access) related to current research in welfare economics? Thanks
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When were the First and Second Welfare Theorems proven? [closed]

What years and by who were the first and second welfare theorems first proven?
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Transformation Function

In Mas-Colell microeconomics textbook I have found that profit maximization problem (as well as many further optimization tasks) could be represented with application of some transformation function (...
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How huge is the multiplicator of social welfare in current societies? [closed]

If you give somebody with a high consummate some extra money, most likely it will be spent. Having this spent for e.g. groceries this will make sales man, farmer, ... employed so they pay taxes are ...
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Are obstructed views a negative externality?

I recently read an excellent paper on the causes of high urban real estate prices in the United States, Why is Manhattan so expensive? Regulation and the rise in house prices (GLAESER, GYOURKO, and ...
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What is a good AUSTERITY indicator?

I am writing a paper on European poverty and I am using a treatment control setup similar to Difference-in-Difference methods. Now, since the data I am using is rather recent, I would like to ...
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Why don't consumers subsidize monopolies?

Monopolies don't maximize welfare because they set prices above the equilibrium price, leading to dead-weight loss. It is possible for the government to provide a per unit subsidy to a monopoly until ...
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Is the standard of living of poor & middle class people higher than in the past?

I really hope this is not opinion based. I am just looking for numbers, links, straightforward proof if possible that the lifetime we are in now, this decade, most of us are living better than in the ...
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What Is Social Security Invested In?

As a self-employed business owner, I am paying approximately 15% of my income to social security, yet I keep hearing that they're "running out of money for it." I'm a little confused about this: 15% ...
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What would happen if total welfare were evenly distributed?

Suppose that there is a market with a large number of consumers and producers. Assume that the government knows the reservation prices of all people in the market. Suppose that the government uses ...