Does the Drive for Equality Trump Absolute Benefit?
My sense is that most people would choose Graham's perspective over Panda's. One survey of college students revealed that they would prefer two nations to experience the same growth in their standards of living over having both achieve improvement but one having significantly greater gains than the other. Equality seemed to trump absolute gains for both nations.
I believe the same finding would hold were the question to concern a wealthy and a poor group within the same country. The notion of equality has been imbued with biblical preeminence, even if its quest might exclude policies that improve the lot of the poorest but improve that of the wealthy even more.
I'd love to know what people think about this. Please comment or email me.