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Intergenerational Equity

Intergenerational equity is a conception of justice regarding the distribution or the availability of material and social goods for future generations. According to proponents of this concept, members of each generation possess a natural and cultural inheritance from past generations and, thus, are beneficiaries as well as custodians, with a duty to pass along key aspects and benefits of this heritage to future generations. This duty can apply to many subjects, including accumulation and payment of national debt, income or social security, ecology and sustainable development, educational investments, health care, and technological risks and benefits.

Although obligations to future generations have long been debated in political philosophy, the concept of intergenerational equity has received considerable attention since the 1990s. Some of this attention stems from ...

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