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The tyranny of non-aggregation versus the tyranny of aggregation in social choices : a real dilemma
(Discussion paper2006:39, Working paper, 2006-12)
Can a trifle gain to sufficiently many well-off justify imposing a much larger sacrifice on the worst-off? We show that if one answers negatively to such a question, one is forced to accept the maximin principle and give ...
The value of equality
(Discussion paper2001:22, Working paper, 2001-09)
Over the years, egalitarian philosophers have made some challenging claims about the nature of egalitarianism. They have argued that the Rawlsian leximin principle is not an egalitarian idea; that egalitarian reasoning ...
Local autonomy and interregional equality : fiscal equalization with balanced budgets
(Discussion paper2002:24, Working paper, 2003-07)
This paper contributes to the literature on fiscal equalization in three ways. First, it shows how two important types of transfer schemes, the foundation grant and the power equalization grant, can be seen as two ...
Any non-welfarist method of policy assessment violates the Pareto principle : a comment
(Discussion paper2001:23, Working paper, 2001-09)
Rich meets poor : an international fairness experiment
(Discussion paper2008:22, Working paper, 2008-10)
Why do people in rich countries not transfer more of their income to people in the world's poorest countries? To study this question and the relative importance of needs, entitlements, and nationality in people's social ...
Disability compensation and responsibility
(Discussion paper2008:24, Working paper, 2008-12)
It is a central political goal to secure disabled individuals the same opportunities as others to pursue their conception of a good life. This goal reflects an ambition to combine an egalitarian and a liberal moral intuition. ...
Modeling individual choices in experiments : reply to Conte and Moffatt
(Discussion paper2009:7, Working paper, 2009-07)
In a comment to Cappelen, Hole, Sørensen, and Tungodden (2007b), Conte and Moffatt (2009) challenge our use of a random utility model when studying individual choices in a fairness experiment. They propose an alternative ...
Teaching business in Tanzania : evaluating participation and performance
(Discussion paper2009:15, Working paper, 2009-10)
There is increased awareness that success among small scale entrepreneurs in developing countries requires more than microfinance, and that an important limiting factor for business growth is the level of human capital ...
The liberal egalitarian paradox
(Discussion paper2004:8, Working paper, 2004-06)
A liberal egalitarian theory of justice seeks to combine the values of equality, personal freedom and personal responsibility. It is considered a much more promising position than strict egalitarianism, because it supposedly ...
Who are the least advantaged?
(Discussion paper2004:34, Working paper, 2005-01)
The difference principle, introduced by Rawls (1971, 1993), is generally interpreted as leximin, but this is not how he intended it. Rawls explicitly states that the difference principle requires that aggregate benefits ...