Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/225040
Authors: 
Palmisano, Flaviana
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research No. 1105
Abstract: 
Normative-based distributional comparisons across countries and over time usually build upon the assumption that individuals are selfish. However, there is a consolidated evidence that individuals also care about what others have. In this paper we propose a framework for comparing and ranking distributions that includes non-individualistic possibilities. Specifically, we consider ranking criteria that account, in one case, for the feeling of compassion that is generated by those having lower resources and, in the other case, for the feeling of envy that is generated by those having higher resources. We illustrate our framework using CNEF data for Australia, Korea, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the US and show that accounting for the presence of envy and compassion might lead to different rankings.
Subjects: 
ranking criteria
compassion
envy
social welfare
CNEF
JEL: 
D63
I31
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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