Skip to navigation – Site map
Time in Economics, part I

Equality of when?

Égalité de quand ?
Giorgos Galanis and Roberto Veneziani
p. 25-59


This paper analyses the temporal unit of egalitarian concern. In the intertemporal context, the differences between egalitarian views can be appreciated not only in inequality analysis but also as regards the ideal egalitarian distribution to be established. In this paper, three intergenerational egalitarian principles (Complete Lives Egalitarianism, Corresponding Segments Egalitarianism and Simultaneous Segments Egalitarianism) are analysed and CSE is argued to be the appropriate egalitarian benchmark. The relations between the three principles and other moral ideals, namely maximin and utilitarianism, are also analysed. It is proved that CLE and CSE are compatible with a concern for the worst off and, partially, with a utilitarian concern, while the adoption of SSE implies a worse trade-off between egalitarianism and the other moral ideals.

Top of page


Bibliographical reference

Giorgos Galanis and Roberto Veneziani, « Equality of when? », Œconomia, 7-1 | 2017, 25-59.

Electronic reference

Giorgos Galanis and Roberto Veneziani, « Equality of when? », Œconomia [Online], 7-1 | 2017, Online since 31 March 2017, connection on 16 January 2018. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/oeconomia.2563

Top of page

About the authors

Giorgos Galanis

Department of Economics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, U.K.; and Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, U.K.

Roberto Veneziani

School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, U.K. (Corresponding author)

Top of page


Licence Creative Commons
Les contenus d’Œconomia sont mis à disposition selon les termes de la Licence Creative Commons Attribution - Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale - Pas de Modification 4.0 International.

Top of page
  • Logo Association Œconomia
  • Logo CNRS
  • OpenEdition Journals