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Entitlement theory of justice and end-state fairness in the allocation of goods

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  • Biung-Ghi Ju

    (Department of Economics, Seoul National University)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

    (Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide; CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

Abstract

Robert Nozick allegedly introduced his liberal theory of private ownership as an objection to theories of end-state justice. Nevertheless, we show that, in a stylized framework for the allocation of goods in joint ventures, both approaches can be seen as complementary. More precisely, in such a context, self-ownership (the basis for Nozick's entitlement theory of justice) followed by voluntary transfer (Nozick's principle of just transfer) can lead to end-state fairness (as well as Pareto efficiency). Furthermore, under a certain solidarity condition, the only way to achieve end-state fairness, following Nozick's procedure, is to endorse an egalitarian rule for the initial assignment of rights.

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  • Biung-Ghi Ju & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, 2017. "Entitlement theory of justice and end-state fairness in the allocation of goods," Working Papers 17.11, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics.
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    entitlement theory of justice; end-state fairness; self-ownership; fairness; no-envy;
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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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