The lottery of birth is a philosophical argument which states that since no one chooses the circumstances into which they are born, people should not be held responsible for them (being rich, being poor and so on).
The lottery of birth argument has been used by philosophers such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but more modern day uses have been prompted by political theorists such as John Rawls, who explores the subject in depth in his book A Theory of Justice.
- Roemer, John E. (2002-04-01). "Equality of opportunity: A progress report". Social Choice and Welfare. 19 (2): 455–471. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.414.9302. doi:10.1007/s003550100123. ISSN 0176-1714. S2CID 14675530.
- Roemer, John E. (2002). "Egalitarianism against the Veil of Ignorance". The Journal of Philosophy. 99 (4): 167–184. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.193.7196. doi:10.2307/3655614. JSTOR 3655614. S2CID 142793834.