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The Pareto principle of optimal inequality

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  • BOMMIER, Antoine
  • ZUBER, Stéphane

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The Pareto principle is often viewed as a mild requirement compatible with a variety of value judgements. In particular, it is generally thought that it can accommodate different degress of inequality aversion. We show that this is generally not true in time consistent intertemporal models where some uncertainty prevails.
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  • BOMMIER, Antoine & ZUBER, Stéphane, 2009. "The Pareto principle of optimal inequality," CORE Discussion Papers 2009009, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2009009
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    Keywords

    inequality aversion; Pareto principle; uncertainty; time consistency;

    JEL classification:

    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics

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