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On Kolm's Use of Epistemic Counterfactuals in Social Choice Theory

dc.contributor.authorWeymark, John A.
dc.description.abstractSerge Kolm's "epistemic counterfactual principle" says that a social choice only needs to be made from the actual feasible set of alternatives given the actual preference profile, but it must be justified by the choices that would have been made in appropriate counterfactual choice situations. Kolm's principle does not identify the relevant counterfactuals. In this article, it is argued that the appropriate counterfactuals to justify an impartial social choice are all of the choice situations that a moral agent behind a veil of ignorance might think is the actual choice situation outside the veil.
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen
dc.subjectArrovian social choice
dc.subjectcounterfactual choice
dc.subjectveil of ignorance
dc.subjectimpartial observer
dc.subjectuniversal prescriptivism
dc.subjectJEL Classification Number: B40
dc.subjectJEL Classification Number: D71
dc.titleOn Kolm's Use of Epistemic Counterfactuals in Social Choice Theory
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