Equality and responsibility: ex ante and ex post redistribution mechanisms

Kristof Bosmans, Z. Emel Öztürk*

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We study redistribution in a setting where individual responsibility and circumstance characteristics determine pre-tax income. We distinguish between ex ante and ex post versions of the key principles of compensation and reward. Furthermore, we distinguish between absolute and relative versions of reward. On the basis of these axioms, we provide characterizations of five familiar and two new redistribution mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-975
Number of pages29
JournalEconomic Theory
Issue number4
Early online date19 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

JEL classifications

  • d63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement


  • Compensation
  • Ex ante
  • Ex post
  • Responsibility
  • Reward

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