Equal Opportunity, Not Reparations

In Mitja Sardoč (ed.), Handbook of Equality of Opportunity. Springer (2023)
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The thesis of this essay is that equal opportunity (EO) "strictly dominates" (in the game-theoretic sense) reparations. That is, (1) all the ways reparations would make our world more just would also be achieved under EO; (2) EO would make our world more just in ways reparations cannot; and (3) reparations would create injustices which EO would avoid. Further, (4) EO has important practical advantages over reparations. These include economic efficiency, feasibility, and long-term impact. Supporters of reparations should abandon that ideal to support equal opportunity instead.



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