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The social welfare function and individual responsibility: some theoretical issues and empirical evidence

By Paul Dolan and Aki Tsuchiya

Abstract

The literature on income distribution has attempted to evaluate different degrees of inequality using a social welfare function (SWF) approach. However, it has largely ignored the source of such inequalities, and has thus failed to consider different degrees of inequity. The literature on egalitarianism has addressed issues of equity, largely in relation to individual responsibility. This paper builds upon these two literatures, and introduces individual responsibility into the SWF. Results from a small-scale study of people's preferences in relation to the distribution of health benefits are presented to illustrate how the parameter values of a SWF might be determined

Topics: HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2008.10.003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:32548
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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