Impartiality, Priority, and Solidarity in the Theory of Justice

Posted: 13 Feb 2007

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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Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Moreno-Ternero, Juan D. and Roemer, John E., Impartiality, Priority, and Solidarity in the Theory of Justice. Econometrica, Vol. 74, No. 5, pp. 1419-1427, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962553

Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide ( email )

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John E. Roemer

Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Yale University - Cowles Foundation

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