The ordinal and cardinal judgement of social welfare changes in Singapore, 1982-99

Pundarik Mukhopadhaya*

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the changes in social welfare in Singapore using both cardinal and ordinal measures. Labour Force Survey data published by the Manpower Research and Statistics. Department of the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore are used. It is observed with the use of Lorenz dominance technique that social welfare in Singapore during 1999 is less than in 1991 while an unambiguous conclusion cannot be made on the welfare ranking of 1982 and 1991 or of 1982 and 1999. According to the generalized Lorenz dominance, 1999 ranks first; however, this criterion is also unable to make any unambiguous ranking between 1982 and 1991. The ranking based on Sen social welfare function shows a continuous increase in the social welfare in Singapore. But when a more general social welfare function is used a different ordering might occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-87
Number of pages23
JournalDeveloping Economies
Volume41
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes

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