Family size and social utility. Income distribution dominance criteria

François Bourguignon

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This paper generalizes previous results on income distribution dominance in the case where the population of income recipients is broken down into groups with distinct utility functions. The example taken here is that of income redistribution across families of different sizes. The paper first investigates the simplest assumptions that can be made about family utility functions. A simple dominance criterion is then derived under the only assumptions that family functions are increasing and concave with income and the marginal utility of income increases with family size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Economics and Econometrics


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