Title: Mr. Fairmind is post-welfarist: Opinions on distributive justice
Authors: Schokkaert, Erik # ×
Issue Date: Jul-1999
Publisher: Presses fond nat sci polit
Series Title: Revue economique vol:50 issue:4 pages:811-831
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 traditional welfare economics. I focus on the results concerning welfarism and concerning the Pigou-Dalton transfer principle. At the same time, I show that recent developments in social choice theory are much more in line with the empirical findings. 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. Classification JEL : D63.
ISSN: 0035-2764
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven
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