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Distributional orderings: an approach with seven flavors

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  • Yoram Amiel
  • Frank Cowell
  • Wulf Gaertner

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We examine individuals’ distributional orderings in a number of contexts. This is done by using a questionnaire-experiment that is presented to respondents in any one of seven “flavors” or interpretations of the basic distributional problem. The flavors include inequality, risk, social welfare and justice. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2012

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Volume (Year): 73 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 381-399

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:73:y:2012:i:3:p:381-399

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Keywords: Social welfare; Inequality; Justice; Risk; Questionnaire experiments; C13; D63;

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  1. Yoram Amiel & Frank Cowell & Wulf Gaertner, 2009. "To be or not to be involved: a questionnaire-experimental view on Harsanyi’s utilitarian ethics," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 299-316, February.
  2. Benoît Tarroux, 2012. "Appraising two-Dimensional Inequality: A Questionnaire-Experimental Approach," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 201216, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.

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