What position would an egalitarian
Differences in income are fair if they come from
differences in ability.
Differences in income are desirable because they
promote economic efficiency.
Differences in income are OK if the
government has not caused them.
Any income inequality should be
"If the government tries to tax the rich
to help the poor, both groups have less incentive to
produce." How do most economists react to this
They have no opinion because it is a
They agree because they think it
describes a tradeoff between equity and
They disagree because redistribution
can be based on an insurance justification.
Those economists who want to help the poor reject this
statement while those who do not want to help the poor
agree with it.