Eclectic Distributional Ethics

27 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2003

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John E. Roemer

Yale University - Department of Political Science; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Distributive Justice, Ethics, Axiomatic Social Choice

JEL Classification: D63

Suggested Citation

Roemer, John E., Eclectic Distributional Ethics (March 2003). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1408. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=386086

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