Introducing the main theories of distributional justice the book covers utilitarianism and welfare economics, moving on to Rawls's social contract and the Sen/Nussbaum capability approach with a refreshingly readable style. There is a chapter covering the position of mothers and children in theories of justice. The book then studies empirical methods used in analysing the distribution of economic goods, covering Lorenz curves and inequality measures. The concepts of income, wealth and economic goods are comprehensively discussed, with a particular view to their role in theories of justice. This book is an important read for economists and other social scientists, as well as philosophers who want to quantify social and economic justice.

chapter |15 pages

Part I Theories of justice

chapter |26 pages


chapter |17 pages

and capabilities

Approaches economic equality

chapter |29 pages

Part II Measuring inequality

chapter |42 pages


distribution function

chapter |18 pages

expected utility