Dynamic Rawlsian Policy
AbstractA well-known time-inconsistency problem hinders optimal decision-making when policymakers are constrained in their pesent choices by expectations of future outcomes.� The time-inconsistency problem is caused by differences in the preferences of policymakers who exist at different points in time.� Adapting the arguments of Rawls (1971), we propose that these differences can be eliminated if policy is set from behind a 'veil of ignorance', without knowledge of when the policy will be implemented.� We set up a well-defined choice problem that captures this normative perspective.� The policies that it generates have a number of appealing properties.
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Macroeconomic policy; Rawls; Time inconsistency; Veil of ignorance;
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