Equality: Theory, Political Economy, and Prospects

ETI503 Equality: Theory, Political Economy, and Prospects

  • Topics

    Topics

    Lecture 1: Equal opportunity and economic development (JR)
    Lecture 2: The dynamics of human welfare and sustainability (JR)
    Lecture 3: Scandinavian egalitarianism (KM)
    Lecture 4: Will democracy engender equal opportunity in the long run? (JR)
    Lecture 5: The political economy of income taxation (JR)
    Lecture 6: Compensation and responsibility (MF)
    Lecture 7: Fair income taxation (MF)
    Lecture 8: The veil of ignorance: How to model it, and why it's the wrong approach to justice (JR)
    Lecture 9: Risk, insurance and option luck (MF)
    Lecture 10: Redistribution and social insurance (KM)
    Lecture 11: Equal opportunity and social mobility: Liberal vs utilitarian approaches (MF)
    Lecture 12: Prospects for equality in market economies (JR)

  • Teaching

    Teaching

     

     

  • Assessment

    Assessment

    A paper (15 pages) on a relevant topic. A proposal for the paper should be submitted by the end of the course for acceptance. Final deadline: June 20.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass/fail.

  • Objective/course outline

    Objective/course outline

    This course provides an introduction to the economic and philosophical literature on egalitarian theory. The lectures provide an overview of normative theories of egalitarianism, the political economy of redistribution and the role of governmental and market institutions in ensuring equal opportunities. The course also provides an introduction to the Scandinavian model of egalitarianism, and discusses to what extent the lessons from this political experiment are relevant for the rest of the world.

  • Semester

    Semester

    Not offered academic year 2010/2011 

     

  • Literature

    Literature

    The reading list below is tentative, and the final version will be available by April 15.
    Lecture 1: Equal opportunity and economic development (JR)
    Roemer, John E. (2006) "Economic development as opportunity equalization¿, manuscript, Yale University.
    Roemer, John E. (2006) "The 2006 World Development Report: Equity and Development¿, The Journal of Economic Inequality, 4(2): 233-244.

    Lecture 2: The dynamics of human welfare and sustainability (JR)
    Llavador, Humberto, John E. Roemer, and Joaquim Silvestre (2006) "A dynamic analysis of human welfare¿, manuscript, Yale University.

    Lecture 3: Scandinavian egalitarianism (KM)
    Reading list: TBA.

    Lecture 4: Will democracy engender equal opportunity in the long run? (JR)
    Roemer, John E. (2006) Democracy, education and equality. Chapters 1-4. Cambridge UP.

    Lecture 5: The political economy of income taxation (JR)
    Roemer, John E. (2007) "Political economy and income distribution dynamics with voter altruism¿, manuscript, Yale University.

    Lecture 6: Compensation and responsibility (MF)
    Fleurbaey, Marc (2007) Fairness, responsibility and welfare, Chapters 1-3, manuscript, University Paris 5.

    Lecture 7: Fair income taxation (MF)
    Fleurbaey, Marc (2007) Fairness, responsibility and welfare, Chapters 4-5, manuscript, University Paris 5.

    Lecture 8: The veil of ignorance: How to model it, and why it's the wrong approach to justice (JR)
    Roemer, John E. and Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (2006) "Impartiality, priority, and solidarity in the theory of justice¿, Econometrica 74 (5): 1419-1427.
    Roemer, John E. and Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (2006) "Objectivity, priority, and the veil of ignorance¿, manuscript, Yale University.

    Lecture 9: Risk, insurance and option luck (MF)
    Fleurbaey, Marc (2007) Fairness, responsibility and welfare, Chapter 6, manuscript, University Paris 5.
    Fleurbaey, Marc (2006) "Assessing risky situations¿, manuscript, University Paris 5.

    Lecture 10: Redistribution and social insurance (KM)
    Reading list: TBA.

    Lecture 11: Equal opportunity and social mobility: Liberal vs utilitarian approaches (MF)
    Fleurbaey, Marc (2007) Fairness, responsibility and welfare, Chapters 8-9, manuscript, University Paris 5.

    Lecture 12: Prospects for equality in market economies (JR)
    Roemer, John E. (2006) "Prospects for achieving equality in market economies¿, manuscript, Yale University.

Overview

ECTS Credits
5
Teaching language
English.
Semester
Spring, Autumn

Course responsible

The Centre for Ethics and Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and the Centre for Equality, Social Organization, and Performance, University of Oslo.
Lecturers.
John E. Roemer (JR), Yale University, USA.
Marc Fleurbaey (MF), University Paris 5, France.
Karl Ove Moene (KM), University of Oslo, Norway.
Course Leaders.
Alexander Cappelen, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Bertil Tungodden, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.