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Consequential egalitarianism vs. accountability principle: an experimental investigation


  • Zhicheng Phil Xu
  • Marco A. Palma


We conducted a laboratory experiment to investigate how people’s fairness views and redistribution depend on different rooted risks, specifically whether the risk is exogenously assigned in a ‘pure-luck’ control assignment or endogenously chosen by subjects in an ‘option-luck’ treatment. This experiment examines two contradictory views about distributive justice, namely consequential egalitarianism and the accountability principle (AP). The results show widespread support for the view of AP when participants have the opportunity to alleviate the risks.

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  • Zhicheng Phil Xu & Marco A. Palma, 2016. "Consequential egalitarianism vs. accountability principle: an experimental investigation," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(8), pages 562-565, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:23:y:2016:i:8:p:562-565
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1088134

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