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Local autonomy and interregional equality

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  • Alexander Cappelen

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  • Bertil Tungodden

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This paper shows how two important interregional transfer schemes,the foundation grant and the power equalization grant, can be seen as two different interpretations of equal opportunity ethics. It provides characterizations of both transfer schemes by the use of basic liberal egalitarian principles. Both the foundation grant and the power equalization grant scheme make use of specific reference levels. The paper also shows how reasonable requirements on the transfer schemes restrict the set of possible reference levels.

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Volume (Year): 28 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 443-460

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  1. Alexander Cappelen & Bertil Tungodden, 2011. "Distributive interdependencies in liberal egalitarianism," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 36(1), pages 35-47, January.

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