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The tyranny puzzle in welfare economics: an empirical investigation

By Frank Cowell, Marc Fleurbaey and Bertil Tungodden

Abstract

We address a puzzle in welfare economics – the possibility that rational people may be simultaneously against two apparently con‡icting forms of “tyranny.” In fact the two types of tyranny can be reconciled but at the possible cost of con‡ict with other standard welfare principles. We examine whether such con‡icts do arise using a questionnaire-experimental study. Our study shows that both tyrannies are rejected by a majority of the parti- cipants, and in many cases also pose a practical problem in moral reasoning

Topics: H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: STICERD, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:35805
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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