Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102154
Authors: 
Leong, Chee Kian
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4918
Abstract: 
This paper uses a twin construct to test how the thickness of the veil of ignorance (VOI) affects the perception of fairness and redistributional choices. A fortune reversal is generally perceived to be fair behind a thick VOI, but deemed unfair behind a transparent VOI, particularly if one is currently in a stronger social position. A significant association exists between the perception of fairness and the certainty levels about social position. A 50-50 split is preferred with thicker VOI; whilst the status quo is favoured with thinner VOI. Regardless of the VOI's thickness, few opt for a winnertake-all redistribution.
Subjects: 
veil of ignorance
fairness
JEL: 
D63
D64
C99
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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