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Intergenerational egalitarianism

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  • Piacquadio, Paolo G.

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I study the egalitarian way of distributing resources across generations. Distributional equity deeply conflicts with the Pareto principle: efficient allocations cannot guarantee that i) each generation be assigned a consumption bundle that is at least as large as an arbitrarily small fraction of the bundle assigned to any other generation and that ii) each generation finds its assigned bundle at least as desirable as an arbitrarily small fraction of the bundle assigned to any other generation with the same preferences. Overcoming such tension unveils a new ethical dilemma for intergenerational equity: the short-term/long-term inequality trade-off. The egalitarian ethical observer can choose between: i) “weak equity” among all generations (at the cost of possibly large inequalities among proximate ones) and ii) “strong equity” among few successive generations (at the cost of possibly large inequalities among distant ones).

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  • Piacquadio, Paolo G., 2014. "Intergenerational egalitarianism," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 153(C), pages 117-127.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:153:y:2014:i:c:p:117-127
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2014.06.001
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    1. Kranich, Laurence, 2020. "Resource-envy-free and efficient allocations: A new solution for production economies with dedicated factors," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(C), pages 1-7.
    2. Berger, Loïc & Emmerling, Johannes, 2017. "Welfare as Simple(x) Equity Equivalents," MITP: Mitigation, Innovation and Transformation Pathways 254044, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).
    3. Reyer Gerlagh, 2014. "Generous Sustainability," CESifo Working Paper Series 5092, CESifo.
    4. Piacquadio, Paolo G., 2020. "The ethics of intergenerational risk," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 186(C).
    5. Tanguy Isaac & Paolo Piacquadio, 2015. "Equity and efficiency in an overlapping generation model," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 44(3), pages 549-565, March.
    6. Harless, Patrick, 2015. "Solidarity with respect to small changes in preferences in public good economies with single-peaked preferences," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 81-86.
    7. Gerlagh, Reyer, 2017. "Generous Sustainability," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 136(C), pages 94-100.
    8. Harless, Patrick, 2016. "Solidarity in preference aggregation: Improving on a status quo," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 73-87.

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    Keywords

    Intergenerational justice; Allocation rules; Fairness;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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