Distributing fairly

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This chapter examines various conditions that influence a fair distribution of resources. The natural policy that offered itself as a salient solution and passed the no-envy test and therefore most of the other fairness requirements, is not available in other cases. This problem is due to a basic conflict between the compensation principle and the liberal reward principle in cases when responsibility characteristics interfere with the relative importance of circumstances and transfers in the determination of well-being. The chapter also considers the trade-off between compensation and neutrality, along with the Egalitarian-Equivalence and Conditional Equality solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFairness, Responsibility, and Welfare
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191808579
ISBN (Print)9780199215911
StatePublished - Apr 30 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


  • Compensation principle
  • Conditional equality
  • Egalitarian-equivalence
  • Fair distribution
  • Fairness
  • Liberal reward principle
  • Neutrality
  • No-envy test
  • Responsibility
  • Well-being


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