Equity, responsibility and the cultural dimension

Autor(en): Gaertner, Wulf
Schwettmann, Lars
Stichwörter: Business & Economics; DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE; Economics; FAIR
Erscheinungsdatum: 2007
Herausgeber: BLACKWELL PUBLISHING
Journal: ECONOMICA
Volumen: 74
Ausgabe: 296
Startseite: 627
Seitenende: 649
Zusammenfassung: 
We present questionnaire studies concerning equity judgments based on an axiom that underlies Rawls's difference principle. Our investigation, spanning over a period of fifteen years, was run at German, Austrian and Slovenian universities. We also modified two of our basic scenarios to check for responsibility aspects. Additionally, we included information on socio-demographic characteristics of respondents in a probit model. Answers depend on cultural environments, but results indicate some convergence over time. Responsibility considerations are important if they can be attributed to particular persons. Although overall explanatory power of demographic attributes is low, we observe significant gender differences.
ISSN: 00130427
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0335.2006.00563.x

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