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Ethical case and economic feasibility of global transfers

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  • Milanovic, Branko

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Almost all social transfers are conducted within nations. Is there a case for cross border transfers? What could be the grounds for such transfers from the globally rich to globally poor people? The paper explores three possible grounds: compensation for the past wrongs; economic and political interdependence today; and the application of a Rawlsian difference principle at a global scale. The paper ends by arguing that global non-governmental institutions are likely to play a key advocacy role.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 2587.

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Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Keywords: global distributive justice; global inequality;

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