Willingness-to-pay and the Equivalent Approach

OPHI Working Papers

This paper describes the evaluation of individual situations in terms of equivalent incomes computed from ordinary income by adding or subtracting various terms of willingness-to pay. It discusses the origin of the approach and its connection with social choice theory and philosophical principles. It also examines the challenges to be addressed for empirical applications of the approach. 

Author: Marc Fleurbaey

Year: 2008

Citation: Fleurbaey, M. (2008). 'Willingness-to-pay and the equivalent approach', OPHI Working Paper 25, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Also published in Revue d'économie politique, 2011, Vol. 121(1), pp. 35–38.

social choice, equivalence approach

Marc Fleurbaey
Series Name
OPHI Working Papers
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JEL Codes
D63, D71
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WP 25