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dc.contributor.authorSultana, Rezina
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-19T09:16:26Z
dc.date.available2012-03-19T09:16:26Z
dc.date.issued2011-01-26
dc.identifier.otherCWPE1106
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/241864
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/241864
dc.description.abstractStudies of compensating discrimination (known in the U.S. as affirmative action) have not accounted for the role of envy. Yet envy affects utility. I consider the compensatingdiscrimination policies that individuals acknowledging envy would choose when behind a veil of ignorance. The institutional background for my study is India, where low castes have been provided with preferential access to public education and reserved public sector jobs. Although the Indian case is background, the conclusions apply more generally. I define envy as occurring when people with the same abilities have different incomes because of unequal education and employment opportunities. This is the case when, because of adverse discrimination, low-caste people are denied access to education and public-sector jobs, and also when, because of compensating discrimination, it is high-caste people who are correspondingly denied equal access. A benchmark case with neither adverse nor discriminatory discrimination is efficient and equitable (envy-free). Adverse and compensating discrimination both compromise efficiency and fairness. I derive the conditions that determine attitudes of a population behind the veil of ignorance to compensatingdiscrimination policies.en_GB
dc.publisherFaculty of Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCambridge Working Papers in Economics
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserveden
dc.rights.urihttps://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved/en
dc.subjectCaste systemen_GB
dc.subjectdiscriminationen_GB
dc.subjectenvyen_GB
dc.subjectaffirmative actionen_GB
dc.subjectfairnessen_GB
dc.titleReversal of Envyen_GB
dc.typeWorking Paperen_GB
dc.type.versionnot applicableen_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.5209


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