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On choosing a constitution (at least the part relating to the distribution of income)

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  • John Hey
  • Carmen Pasca

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A constitution is a collection of principles or axioms determining how society should be organized and a description of the ordering of the axioms in terms of their importance and invocation. We report on an exploratory experiment aimed at discovering preferred axioms relating to the distribution of income within society. Unlike most previous experiments, we inquired directly into preferred axioms, rather than indirectly (done by asking subjects to choose between distributions). In addition to learning that the experimental design was, in principle, appropriate, we discovered that preferences expressed in this direct way appear to differ from preferences expressed indirectly. Interestingly, we also get an insight into the order in which people prefer principles to be implemented, thus suggesting something about relative importance.

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  • John Hey & Carmen Pasca, 2011. "On choosing a constitution (at least the part relating to the distribution of income)," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(13), pages 1213-1217.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:18:y:2011:i:13:p:1213-1217
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2010.532093
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    1. İbrahim Erdem SEÇİLMİŞ, 2014. "Seniority: A Blessing or A Curse? The Effect of Economics Training on the Perception of Distributive Justice," Sosyoekonomi Journal, Sosyoekonomi Society, issue 22(22).
    2. John Bone & Paolo Crosetto & John D Hey & Carmen Pasca, 2013. "Chance versus choice: eliciting attitudes to fair compensations," Discussion Papers 13/15, Department of Economics, University of York.

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