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Title:Population ethics and the value of life PDF Logo
Authors:Blackorby, Charles
Bossert, Walter
Donaldson, David
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2005/03
Abstract:Public policies often involve choices of alternatives in which the size and the composition of the population may vary. Examples are the allocation of resources to prenatal care and the design of aid packages to developing countries. In order to assess the corresponding feasible choices on normative grounds, criteria for social evaluation that are capable of performing variable-population comparisons are required. We review several important axioms for welfarist population principles and discuss the link between individual well-being and the desirability of adding a new person to a given society.
Subjects:population ethics
neutrality
critical levels
JEL:D63
D71
ISBN:9291906662
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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