Impartiality and Priority: Part 1: The Veil of Ignorance
30 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2004
Date Written: May 2005
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
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