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Looking at the integration of nations through the lens of the merger of populations: Preliminary superadditivity and impossibility results

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This paper looks at the integration of regions and nations through the prism of the merger of populations. The paper employs a particular index of social dismay. It presents examples of two of the main results arising from the study of the merger of two populations: that the social dismay of an integrated population is greater than the sum of the social dismay of the constituent populations when apart, and that a self-contained, non-publicly financed policy aimed at retaining the levels of wellbeing of individuals at their pre-merger magnitudes cannot be implemented: there is not enough of a gain to compensate for the loss.

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Correspondence to Oded Stark.

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This is a drastically shortened version of a keynote address delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics, Fribourg, June 2010. I am indebted to Franz Rendl and Marcin Jakubek for constructive comments. The support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland is gratefully acknowledged.

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Stark, O. Looking at the integration of nations through the lens of the merger of populations: Preliminary superadditivity and impossibility results. Swiss J Economics Statistics 146, 661–675 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03399332

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Keywords

  • Integration of regions and nations
  • Merging populations
  • Social dismay
  • Policy response