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Mr. Fairmind is Post-Welfarist: Opinions on Distributive Justice

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  • Erik Schokkaert

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I survey the results of empirical research, showing that the opinions about distributive justice of the population at large are in sharp conflict with the assumptions of tradi-tional welfare economics. I focus on the results concerning welfarism and concerning the Pigou-Dalton transfer criterion. At the same time, I show that recent developments in social choice theory are much more in line with the empirical results. This suggests that a better understanding of the complementarity between empirical and theoretical work might lead to a richer debate and to a greater awareness of the possible biases in the economic approach.

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Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën in its series Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers with number ces9809.

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Date of creation: Apr 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:ces9809

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  1. Kurt Devooght & Erik Schokkaert, 1999. "Responsibility-Sensitive Fair Compensation in Different Cultures," STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers 46, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.
  2. Corneo, Giacomo & Fong, Christina M., 2008. "What's the monetary value of distributive justice," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(1-2), pages 289-308, February.
  3. Gilles Le Garrec, 2009. "Feeling guilty and redistributive politics," Sciences Po publications 2009-22, Sciences Po.
  4. Gilles Le Garrec, 2011. "Redistribution and the cultural transmission of the taste for fairness," Sciences Po publications 2011-24, Sciences Po.

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