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Interpersonal comparison in egalitarian societies

Binmore, K.; (2009) Interpersonal comparison in egalitarian societies. (ELSE Working Papers 333). ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution: London, UK. Green open access

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When judging what is fair, how do we decide how much weight to assign to the conflicting interests of different classes of people? This subject has received some attention in a utilitarian context, but has been largely neglected in the case of egalitarian societies of the kind studied by John Rawls. My Game Theory and the Social Contract considers the problem for a toy society with only two citizens. This paper examines the theoretical difficulties in extending the discussion to societies with more than two citizens.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Interpersonal comparison in egalitarian societies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://else.econ.ucl.ac.uk/newweb/papers.php
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14994
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