volume 78, issue 1, P151-166 2004
DOI: 10.1111/j.0309-7013.2004.00120.x
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Michael Otsuka

Abstract: Inequality is intrinsically bad when and because it is unfair. It follows that the ideal of equality is not necessarily realised by a distribution of resources which is envy-free prior to the resolution of risks against which people have an equal opportunity to insure. Even if the upshot of such an ex ante envyfree distribution is just, it is not necessarily fair.