New results linking inequality and justice

Guillermina Jasso

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    Recent work revives the classic idea that the sense of justice is the first line of defense against inequality and shows that the link depends, in part, on ideas of the just reward. This paper extends earlier work, making three new contributions: (1) it expands the just reward scenarios from the micro scenarios (which start with the individual's idea of the just reward) to six new macro scenarios (which start with the distribution of everyone's ideas of the just reward); (2) it expands the set of justice measures from three to four, including now the proportion underrewarded; and (3) it obtains results for all the new cases, identifying the conditions that lead to radically different connections between inequality and justice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-21
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Mathematical Sociology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2021


    • Inequality and justice
    • inequality measures and justice measures
    • just rewards; justice evaluations
    • probability distributions

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Algebra and Number Theory
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science


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