Impartiality and Priority: Part 2: A Characterization with Solidarity

25 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2005

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 ethic of 'priority' is a compromise between the extremely compensatory ethic of 'welfare equality' and the needs-blind ethic of 'income equality.' We propose an axiom of priority, and characterize resource allocation rules that are impartial, prioritarian, and solidaristic. They comprise a class of rules which equalize across individuals some index of resources and welfare. Consequently, we provide an ethical rationalization for the many applications in which such indices have been used (e.g., the 'human development index,' 'index of primary goods,' etc.).

See also http://ssrn.com/abstract=585705 "Impartiality and Priority: Part 1: The Veil of Ignorance".

Keywords: Impartiality, Solidarity, Priority, Allocation rules, Characterization result

JEL Classification: D63, D71

Suggested Citation

Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. and Roemer, John E., Impartiality and Priority: Part 2: A Characterization with Solidarity (May 2005). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1477B. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=735804

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
203-432-5249 (Phone)
203-432-6196 (Fax)

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

Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Box 208281
New Haven, CT 06520-8281
United States

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