Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 146, Issue 4, pp 661–675 | Cite as

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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Integration of regions and nations Merging populations Social dismay Policy response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universities of BonnKlagenfurt, ViennaAustria
  2. 2.Warsaw School of EconomicsWarsaw UniversityPoland
  3. 3.ZEFUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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