Tag Archives: Fairness

Unjust deserts

(featured image: Aimee Ray CC BY) Many people see meritocracy as a worthy ideal: everyone gets what they deserve. Luck can mess this up: it is, by definition, something we don’t deserve. But is it really that simple? Imagine you … Continue reading

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A fair price for everyone

(featured image credit: Timothy Takemoto CC BY) Fairness is an important feature in our society. But is a fair price a fixed price, which is the same for everyone? For billions of years, life on this planet has been subject … Continue reading

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All because of the Joneses

(featured image: eugeniu) Are we doomed to be forever dissatisfied with our lot?   Imagine the scene. You have just taken delivery of a shiny new car. You are over the moon. At last you have replaced its clapped out predecessor, … Continue reading

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Fairness or efficiency?

(featured image: NeuPaddy) Yet another instance of the tension between our emotions and economic logic Imagine a clothing retailer who charges more for an item in a larger size than for an almost identical one in a more mainstream size. While … Continue reading

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