By J. Aczél

ISBN-10: 902772377X

ISBN-13: 9789027723772

ISBN-10: 9400937490

ISBN-13: 9789400937499

Recently I taught brief classes on practical equations at numerous universities (Barcelona, Bern, Graz, Hamburg, Milan, Waterloo). My objective used to be to introduce crucial equations and techniques of resolution via real (not artifi cial) functions which have been contemporary and with which I had whatever to do. such a lot of them occurred to be relating to the social or behavioral sciences. All have been initially solutions to questions posed by means of experts within the respective utilized fields. the following I provide a slightly prolonged model of those lectures, with more moderen effects and purposes incorporated. As past wisdom simply the fundamental proof of calculus and algebra are meant. elements the place slightly extra (measure conception) is required and sketches of lengthier calcula tions are set in high-quality print. i'm thankful to Drs. J. Baker (Waterloo, Ont.), W. Forg-Rob (Innsbruck, Austria) and C. Wagner (Knoxville, Tenn.) for serious feedback and to Mrs. Brenda legislations for care ful computer-typing of the manuscript (in a number of versions). A word on numbering of statements and references: The numbering of Lemmata, Propositions, Theorems, Corollaries and (separately) formulae starts off anew in every one part. If quoted in one other part, the part quantity is additional, e.g. (2.10) or Theorem 1.2. References are quoted by means of the final names of the authors and the final digits of the yr, e.g. Daroczy-Losonczi [671. 1 1. An aggregation theorem for allocation difficulties. Cauchy equation for single-and multiplace capabilities. extension theorems.

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I\1(r) 1 in which case u(O) is arbitrary. So we have proved the following. Proposition 4. The general solutions of (23) are given by u(x) 0, R arbitrary and, if uFO, then by (24) and (26) with u(O) = 0 if M(r) ¢:1 and u(O) = b arbitrary if M(r) 1. +. = = This gives all generalized homogeneous functions in the above sense. When we spoke about the n-dimensional unit sphere, we meant of course 8 = {y III y II = 1, y E IRn} and this is indeed the domain where 9 in (26) needs to be defined. If we want u again to be bounded on an n-dimensional open interval I, then 9 is bounded on I(8) = -[ II: II I x and either g is 0 on I( 8) or EI\{O}} (27) Section 3 46 M(r) = rC (28) , (c "real constant, as before).

For this we have to establish that a is everywhere positive. Actually, a(x) 0 is a solution of (13) but we exclude this (since, by (12) and (7), it would cause u to be constant). Then a is nowhere 0 because a(xo) = 0, would imply = x x x a(x) = a(-xo) = a(-) = a(-)a(xo) = 0 for all positive Xo Xo Xo x. required. So now we can take logarithms of both sides of (13) and get loga(rx)= log a(r) + loga(x) , an equation of the form (8). So the general not identically zero solution of (13) is given by 28 Section 2 a(x) = e¢( lop) (x E 1R++) , where /jJ is an arbitrary solution of (9), and, by (12) and (7), u (x) = e¢( lop) +b .

LR is arbitrary. s. l = 1 case of (31) ('conservative' measure: income inequality unchanged when all incomes change by the same factor). The question (cf. Eichhorn-Gehrig [82]) whether there exist at all and, in particular, whether there exist continuous inequality measures which are at the same time 'socialist' and 'conservative' (say, 'liberal'), that is, satisfy both I(x+r) = I(x) (x E lR~, r E lR+) (38) I(x) (x E 1R~, r E lR++) (39) and I(rx) = can be answered similarly as the problems of solving (36), (34), and (23).

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