Consequential egalitarianism vs. accountability principle: an experimental investigation Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 Taylor & Francis. ABSTRACT: We conducted a laboratory experiment to investigate how people’s fairness views and redistribution depend on different rooted risks, specifically whether the risk is exogenously assigned in a ‘pure-luck’ control assignment or endogenously chosen by subjects in an ‘option-luck’ treatment. This experiment examines two contradictory views about distributive justice, namely consequential egalitarianism and the accountability principle (AP). The results show widespread support for the view of AP when participants have the opportunity to alleviate the risks.

published proceedings

  • Applied Economics Letters

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Xu, Z. P., & Palma, M. A

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Xu, Zhicheng Phil||Palma, Marco A

publication date

  • May 2016