Impartiality and Priority: Part 1: The Veil of Ignorance

30 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2004

See all articles by Juan D. Moreno Ternero

Juan D. Moreno Ternero

Universidad Pablo de Olavide; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

John E. Roemer

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

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

The veil of ignorance has been used often as a tool for recommending what justice requires with respect to the distribution of wealth. We complete Harsanyi's model of the veil of ignorance by appending information permitting interpersonal comparability of welfare. We show that the veil-of-ignorance conception of John Harsanyi, so completed, and Ronald Dworkin's, when modeled formally, recommend wealth allocations in conflict with the prominently espoused view that priority should be given to the worse off with respect to wealth allocation.

See also http://ssrn.com/abstract=735804 "Impartiality and Priority: Part 2: A Characterization with Solidarity".

Keywords: Impartiality, Priority, Veil of ignorance

JEL Classification: D63, D71

Suggested Citation

Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. and Roemer, John E., Impartiality and Priority: Part 1: The Veil of Ignorance (May 2005). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1477A. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=585705

Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

Universidad Pablo de Olavide ( email )

Ctra. Utrera, Km.1
Sevilla, Seville 41010
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/jmorenoternero/

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) ( email )

34 Voie du Roman Pays
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, b-1348
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.core.ucl.ac.be/~moreno/

John E. Roemer (Contact Author)

Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 208269
New Haven, DC 06520-8269
United States
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203-432-6196 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://pantheon.yale.edu/~jer39/

Yale University - Cowles Foundation

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New Haven, CT 06520-8281
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