Publication Date: August 2004
Revision Date: February 2005
The veil of ignorance has been used often as a tool for recommending what justice requires with respect to the distribution of wealth. We complete Harsanyi’s model of the veil of ignorance by appending information permitting interpersonal comparability of welfare. We show that the veil-of-ignorance conception of John Harsanyi, so completed, and Ronald Dworkin’s, when modeled formally, recommend wealth allocations in conflict with the prominently espoused view that priority should be given to the worse oﬀ with respect to wealth allocation.
Impartiality, Priority, Veil of ignorance
JEL Classification Codes: D63, D71
Published in Economics and Philosophy (2008), 24(2): 233-257 [DOI]