Planning Techniques for Social Justice

  • Erik Thorbecke
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As broad and ambitious a title as that of the present paper needs to be appropriately circumscribed. In Section 2 social justice is equated with poverty alleviation as estimated by a class of poverty measures sensitive to a (variable) relative deprivation concept of poverty. Given the degree of poverty aversion specified exogenously by the policy-maker, budgetary rules for poverty alleviation are presented which show how a given budget should be allocated among different socioeconomic groups – assuming a static framework and no economic interaction among groups.


Poverty Line Socioeconomic Group Poverty Alleviation Poverty Measure Planning Technique 
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© International Economic Association 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Thorbecke
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  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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