Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/105779
Authors: 
Lombardi, Michele
Miyagishima, Kaname
Veneziani, Roberto
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, University of Massachusetts, Department of Economics 2013-07
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the implications of classical liberal and libertarian approaches for distributive justice in the context of social welfare orderings. An axiom capturing a liberal non-interfering view of society, named the Weak Harm Principle, is studied, whose roots can be traced back to John Stuart Mill s essay On Liberty. It is shown that liberal views of individual autonomy and freedom can provide consistent foundations for social welfare judgements, in both the finite and the infinite context. In particular, a liberal non-interfering approach can help to adjudicate some fundamental distributive issues relative to intergenerational justice. However, a surprisingly strong and general relation is established between liberal views of individual autonomy and non-interference, and egalitarian principles in the Rawlsian tradition. JEL Categories:
Subjects: 
Liberal principles
maximin
intergenerational equity
infinite utility streams
JEL: 
D63
D70
Q01
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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