Foundations and Frontiers in the Study of Fairness

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 17.03.2016, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Guillermina Jasso (New York University)


We begin with a brief overview of first principles, including specification and basic properties of the just reward function – which describes what observers think is just for a rewardee, who may be self or other – and the justice evaluation function – which describes the observer’s assessment that the rewardee is fairly or unfairly rewarded and if unfairly rewarded whether overrewarded or underrewarded and to what degree – continue with testable predictions for a wide range of topical domains, together with a brief look at the expanding toolkit for distinguishing between thinking, saying, and doing in matters of fairness and the accumulating empirical evidence, and then analyze three questions which arise in the study of fairness: (1) what is the connection between inequality and justice? (2) what is the connection between fairness and happiness? and (3) what is the connection between fairness and impartiality?

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