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Entitlement theory of justice and end-state fairness in the allocation of goods

Biung-Ghi Ju () and Juan Moreno-Ternero ()

No 17.11, Working Papers from Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics

Abstract: Robert Nozick allegedly introduced his liberal theory of private ownership as an objection to theories of end-state justice. Nevertheless, we show that, in a stylized framework for the allocation of goods in joint ventures, both approaches can be seen as complementary. More precisely, in such a context, self-ownership (the basis for Nozick's entitlement theory of justice) followed by voluntary transfer (Nozick's principle of just transfer) can lead to end-state fairness (as well as Pareto efficiency). Furthermore, under a certain solidarity condition, the only way to achieve end-state fairness, following Nozick's procedure, is to endorse an egalitarian rule for the initial assignment of rights.

Keywords: entitlement theory of justice; end-state fairness; self-ownership; fairness; no-envy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-10
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