Measuring Social Welfare: Application of Social Choice Theory

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Clarke, Matthew and Islam, Sardar M. N (2003) Measuring Social Welfare: Application of Social Choice Theory. Journal of Socio-Economics, 32 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1053-5357


This paper questions conventional approaches to measuring social welfare through gross domestic product (GDP). This paper is divided into two parts. The first part adopts a systems approach to development and incorporates this into the theory of social choice. The second part operationalises this approach through the development of a cost-benefit adjusted gross domestic product (CBAGDP) social welfare function, which overcomes certain limitations of this traditional measure of development. The CBAGDP is then used to estimate welfare in Thailand. This approach is justified because of its normative values and its plausible results.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/S1053-5357(03)00010-6
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1401 Economic Theory
Keywords ResPubID5402, welfare, social choice, GDP, systems analysis, cost-benefit analysis
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