Equality among responsible individuals

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This paper analyses the concept of responsibility and the way it appears in economic theory and in egalitarian theories of justice. It identifies two general principles (natural reward, and compensation) which inspire many arguments and axioms in theories based on responsibility. The main results obtained in models where responsibility plays a central part are summed up and presented in the light of the two principles. The main criteria put forth by philosophers who combine an egalitarian concern with the idea of personal responsibility are also described, and their performance with respect to the two principles are compared.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFreedom in Economics
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives in Normative Analysis
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781134733576
ISBN (Print)9780415154680
StatePublished - Jan 22 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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