Title: Mr. Fairmind is Post-Welfaist: opinions on distributive justice
Authors: Schokkaert, Erik
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: K.U.Leuven, CES : Departement Economie
Series Title: CES - Discussion paper series DPS 98.09 pages:1-34
Abstract: I survey the results of empirical research, showing that the opinions about distributive justice of the population at large are in sharp conflict with the assumptions of tradi-tional welfare economics. I focus on the results concerning welfarism and concerning the Pigou-Dalton transfer criterion. At the same time, I show that recent developments in social choice theory are much more in line with the empirical results. This suggests that a better understanding of the complementarity between empirical and theoretical work might lead to a richer debate and to a greater awareness of the possible biases in the economic approach.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven

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