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Distributional Orderings: An Approach with Seven Flavours

  • Yoram Amiel
  • Frank A Cowell
  • Wulf Gaertner

We examine individuals' distributional orderings in a number of contexts. This is done by using a questionnaire-experiment that is presented to respondents in any one of seven "flavours" or interpretations of the basic distributional problem. The flavours include inequality, risk, social welfare and justice. The issue of personal involvement in the distributional comparison is explicitly addressed.

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Paper provided by Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE in its series STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers with number 93.

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Handle: RePEc:cep:stidar:93
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