Justice and Equity

Justice and Equity


By (author) Serge-Christophe Kolm, Translated by Harold F. See

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  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Format: Hardback | 275 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 24mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 31 March 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0262112159
  • ISBN 13: 9780262112154
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 40 illus.

Product description

Justice and Equity is a major work on the foundations of normative economics. The principles established by Kolm have formed the basis of the major lines of study in the field. The central principles are the ideal equalities in freedom (related to non-envy) and in happiness (approximated by the efficient leximin in fundamental utility). Kolm also presents related principles such as fundamental dominance and majorities, realistic equity, and adequacies. He analyzes thoroughly the reasons, properties, and consequences of these principles. A foreword for the English-language edition presents the rational necessity of equality and the theory of interpersonal comparisons.

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Author information

Serge-Christophe Kolm is Professor and Director at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris. He is the author of thirty books and several hundred scientific articles in economics and other branches of social science.

Review quote

"A rich and very important contribution to welfare economics and political philosophy." Ashley Piggins The Economic Journal

Table of contents

Part 1 Concepts and problems: basic concepts; efficiency, equity, equality; particular structures; processes; distribution problems. Part 2 Distribution: two persons; any number of persons. Part 3 Justice: justice and equity; adequacy; fundamentalism.