Bergson Samuelson Social Welfare Function


Health Economics

  • Bergson's original idea was extremely general, for the value of social welfare was understood to depend on all the variables that might be considered to affect it. It is usually, however, interpreted as being defined over a particular profile of individual utilities and has hence become restricted to those things about which people have preferences. This is what is usually meant by the term 'welfarist' - social welfare is deemed to depend on utilities (and not, for example, quantities of goods, characteristics of people, fulfilment of duty, obedience to God, or anything else).