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Sufficientarianism and the Measurement of Inequality

Title data

Schuessler, Rudolf:
Sufficientarianism and the Measurement of Inequality.
In: Moral Philosophy and Politics. Vol. 6 (2019) Issue 1 . - pp. 147-173.
ISSN 2194-5624
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2017-0057

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Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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What impact should sufficientarianism have on the measurement of inequality? Like other theories of justice, sufficientarianism influences how economic inequality is conceived. For the purpose of measurement, its stan-
dards of justice can be approximated by income-based thresholds of sufficiency. At which income level could a threshold of having enough be pegged in OECD
countries? What would it imply for standard indicators of inequality, such as decile comparisons of cumulated income, income spreads, or the Gini coefficient? This paper suggests some answers to these questions, showing that
sufficientarian ideas could make a difference with respect to the measurement of inequality in a society.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Department of Philosophy > Lehrstuhl Philosophie II > Lehrstuhl Philosophie II - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schüßler
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 100 Philosophy
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 08:43
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2019 08:43
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/52899