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Equity versus efficiency: the elusive trade-off

Le Grand, Julian ORCID: 0000-0002-7864-0118 (1990) Equity versus efficiency: the elusive trade-off. Ethics, 100 (3). pp. 554-568. ISSN 0014-1704

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The objectives of equity and efficiency appear high on most lists of the aims of welfare policy. That a welfare program should be assessed at least in part by its ability to promote equity, fairness or justice seems almost axiomatic. That a program should not at the same time create inefficiency or, indeed, that it should actually reduce it, is also a widely accepted criterion for assessment. There will, of course, be other criteria for evaluation - the impact of the program on individual liberties, for example - but none perhaps with the salience of these two.

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Additional Information: © 1990 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2008 15:28
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 23:10

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