Impartiality, Priority, and Solidarity in the Theory of Justice

CORE Discussion Paper 2005/77

19 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2006

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

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Date Written: November 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.).

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

JEL Classification: D63, D71

Suggested Citation

Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. and Roemer, John E., Impartiality, Priority, and Solidarity in the Theory of Justice (November 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=885913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.885913

Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide ( email )

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Sevilla, Seville 41010
Spain

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

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Belgium

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John E. Roemer

Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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United States
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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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