Title

Impartiality and Priority. Part 1: The Veil of Ignorance

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

8-1-2004

CFDP Number

1477A

CFDP Revision Date

2005-02-01

CFDP Pages

29

Abstract

The veil of ignorance has been used often as a tool for recommending what justice requires with respect to the distribution of wealth. We complete Harsanyi’s model of the veil of ignorance by appending information permitting interpersonal comparability of welfare. We show that the veil-of-ignorance conception of John Harsanyi, so completed, and Ronald Dworkin’s, when modeled formally, recommend wealth allocations in conflict with the prominently espoused view that priority should be given to the worse off with respect to wealth allocation.

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