Equality and responsibility: Ex ante and ex post redistribution mechanisms

Emel Öztürk, Kristof Bosmans

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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
JournalEconomic Theory
Early online dateJan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jan 2021


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


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