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Fleurbaey, Marc
A theory of fairness and social welfare / Marc Fleurbaey, Fran├žois Maniquet
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HM671 .F573 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Social justice
Welfare economics
Physical Description xx, 293 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-285) and index
Contents I. Basics: 1. A contribution to welfare economics; 2. Efficiency versus equality; 3. Priority to the worst-off; 4. The informational basis of social orderings -- II. Distribution: 5. Fair distribution of divisible goods: two approaches; 6. Specific domains; 7. Extensions -- III. Production: 8. Public goods; 9. Private goods; 10. Unequal skills; 11. Income taxation; 12. Conclusions -- Appendix A: Proofs
Summary "The definition and measurement of social welfare have been a vexed issue for the past century. This book makes a constructive, easily applicable proposal and suggests how to evaluate the economic situation of a society in a way that gives priority to the worse-off and that respects each individual's preferences over his or her own consumption, work, leisure and so on. This approach resonates with the current concern to go 'beyond the GDP' in the measurement of social progress. Compared to technical studies in welfare economics, this book emphasizes constructive results rather than paradoxes and impossibilities, and shows how one can start from basic principles of efficiency and fairness and end up with concrete evaluations of policies. Compared to more philosophical treatments of social justice, this book is more precise about the definition of social welfare and reaches conclusions about concrete policies and institutions only after a rigorous derivation from clearly stated principles"-- Provided by publisher
Series Econometric Society monographs
Alternate Author Maniquet, Fran├žois, 1965-

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