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Beckerman, Wilfred
Economics as applied ethics : value judgements in welfare economics / Wilfred Beckerman
Alternate Title Value judgements in welfare economics
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2011
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 3rd Floor  HB99.3 .B375 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Welfare economics
Economics -- Moral and ethical aspects
Physical Description x, 269 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-262) and indexes
Contents 1. Fact or value?: a simple example: sustainable development and the discount rate -- 2. Positive propositions and value judgements -- 3. Fact and value in welfare economics -- 4. From individuals' choices to their "welfare" -- 5. Pareto optimality and the social welfare function -- 6. From individuals' welfare to social welfare -- 7. Utilitarianism in welfare economics -- 8. Some major criticisms of utilitarianism -- 9. GDP and friends -- 10. Happiness -- 11. Why equality? -- 12. What equality? -- 13. The boundary of society: the boundary in space -- 14. The boundary of society: the boundary in time -- 15. Discounting the future -- 16. Valuing life -- 17. Overview: value judgements in welfare economics
Summary "The focus of this textbook is on the link between ethics and economic policy analysis. Basic philosophical concepts are systematically described, followed by conventional welfare economic theory and policy, and applications to some topical economic problems such as income distribution and sustainable development."-- Provided by publisher

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