Mr. Fairmind Is Post-Welfarist: Opinions on Distributive Justice
AbstractI 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 traditional 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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Date of creation: 1998
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- Erik Schokkaert, 1998. "Mr. Fairmind is Post-Welfarist: Opinions on Distributive Justice," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces9809, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën.
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