Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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The welfare economic concept of fairness offers an attractive, axiomatic foundation for the popular notion of stewardship. Fairness emphasizes the ex ante equal standing of all persons, across and within generations. This highlights the inextricability of poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability, especially in the agrarian tropics where biodiversity loss, deforestation, and desertification are growing global concerns.
Barrett, Christopher B., "Fairness, Stewardship, and Sustainable Development" (1995). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 64.