Inequality, incentives and the interpersonal test

Ratio 21 (4):421-439 (2008)

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This article defends three claims: even if Rawls' difference principle permits incentives to induce talented people to be more productive, it does not follow that it permits inequalities; the difference principle, when adequately specified, may in some circumstances permit incentives and allow that the worst off are not made as well off as they could be; and an argument for incentives might pass Cohen's interpersonal test even if it is unsound and might not pass it even if it is sound. 1
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2008.00411.x
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