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Eclectic Distributional Ethics

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Utilitarians, egalitarians, prioritarians, and sufficientarians each provide examples of situations demonstrating, often compellingly, that a sensible ethical observer must adopt their view and reject the others. We argue, to the contrary, that an attractive ethic is eclectic, in the sense of coinciding with these apparently different views in different regions of the space of social states.

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  • John E. Roemer, 2003. "Eclectic Distributional Ethics," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1408, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  • Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1408 Note: CFP 1140.
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    Distributive justice; Ethics; Axiomatic social choice;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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