Prioritizing the 'worse off' under attainability constraints: An indeterminacy problem for distributive fairness

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Title: Prioritizing the 'worse off' under attainability constraints: An indeterminacy problem for distributive fairness
Authors: Herlitz, Anders
Horan, David
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7691
Date: Apr-2016
Abstract: Numerous theories of distributive fairness promote the idea that we ought to give extra weight to benefits to the worse off and can thereby be seen as promoting gap closures. This paper underlines the relevance of making a distinction between attainable and ideal target levels for individuals in populations affected by distributive fairness and show that in cases of scarce resources, theories that promote aggregate gap closures and prioritization of the worse off can in view of this distinction be interpreted in three mutually inconsistent ways.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: UCD Geary Institute For Public Policy
Series/Report no.: UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy Discussion Paper Series; WP2016/08
Keywords: Distributive fairnessEqualityPriority settingCapped objectivesSocial choice
Other versions: https://ideas.repec.org/p/ucd/wpaper/201608.html
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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