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Institutional framing and perceptions of fairness

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  • R. Isaac
  • Deborah Mathieu
  • Edward Zajac

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This paper's goal is to construct a positive theory of economic fairness. Using the theoretical schema developed by Hurwicz and others, the paper makes precise the notions of an “institution,” “fairness fraiming,” and “institutional framing.” Four fairness propositions yield an important corollary: the economic environment, the operative institution and history give meaning to the often used FORMAL PRINCIPLE OF DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE (“equals should be treated equally, and unequals unequellay, in proportion to relevant similarities and differences”). We support these four propositions and corollary by an analysis of laboratory, survey, and anecdotal evidence. Finally we describe a number of areas for future research. Copyright George Mason University 1991

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Volume (Year): 2 (1991)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 329-370

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Handle: RePEc:kap:copoec:v:2:y:1991:i:3:p:329-370

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