Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy

Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy

Book - 2006
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This 2006 book shows through accessible argument and numerous examples how understanding moral philosophy can improve economic analysis, how moral philosophy can benefit from economists' analytical tools, and how economic analysis and moral philosophy together can inform public policy. Part I explores rationality and its connections to morality. It argues that in defending their model of rationality, mainstream economists implicitly espouse contestable moral principles. Part II concerns welfare, utilitarianism and standard welfare economics, while Part III considers important moral notions that are left out of standard welfare economics, such as freedom, rights, equality, and justice. Part III also emphasizes the variety of moral considerations that are relevant to evaluating policies. Part IV then introduces technical work in social choice theory and game theory that is guided by ethical concepts and relevant to moral theorizing. Chapters include recommended readings and the book includes a glossary of relevant terms.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780521846295
0521846293
9780521608664
052160866X
Branch Call Number: HB72 .H357 2006
Characteristics: x, 342 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McPherson, Michael S.

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