Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare by Marc Fleurbaey

Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare

byMarc Fleurbaey

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What is a fair distribution of resources and other goods when individuals are partly responsible for their achievements? This book develops a theory of fairness incorporating a concern for personal responsibility, opportunities and freedom. With a critical perspective, it makes accessible therecent developments in economics and philosophy that define social justice in terms of equal opportunities. It also proposes new perspectives and original ideas. The book separates mathematical sections from the rest of the text, so that the main concepts and ideas are easily accessible tonon-technical readers. It is often thought that responsibility is a complex notion, but this monograph proposes a simple analytical framework that makes it possible to disentangle the different concepts of fairness that deal with neutralizing inequalities for which the individuals are not held responsible, rewarding theireffort, respecting their choices, or staying neutral with respect to their responsibility sphere. It dwells on paradoxes and impossibilities only as a way to highlight important ethical options and always proposes solutions and reasonable compromises among the conflicting values surrounding equalityand responsibility. The theory is able to incorporate disincentive problems and is illustrated in the examination of applied policy issues such as: income redistribution when individuals may be held responsible for their choices of labor supply or education; social and private insurance when individuals may be heldresponsible for their risky lifestyle; second chance policies; the measurement of inequality of opportunities and social mobility.

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Marc Fleurbaey has previously been a senior researcher at CNRS (Paris), a professor of economics at Cergy-Pontoise and Pau, and an economist at INSEE. He has held visiting positions at the LSE, Oxford, and U.C. Davis. He has published extensively on welfare economics, fairness, inequality. He is a former editor of Economics and Philos...
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Title:Fairness, Responsibility, and WelfareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:May 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199653593

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Defining Fairness2. Distributing Fairly3. Introduction to Incentive Issues4. Unequal skills5. Income Redistribution6. Risk, Insurance, and Option Luck7. Fresh Starts8. Utilitarian Reward9. Inequalities of Opportunity and Social Mobility10. Responsibility, Freedom, and Social Justice

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"The role of personal responsibility is important for the foundations of justice, but the subject has not received the critical investigation it deserves. In this book, Marc Fleurbaey has gone a long distance in meeting this gap. This is a deeply illuminating contribution on a neglected aspectof welfare economics." --Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 1998