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Monday, October 25, 2010

Adler Presents Well-Being and Equity Today at Loyola-L.A.

Adler Matthew Adler (Penn) presents Well-Being and Equity: A Framework for Policy Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2011) at Loyola-L.A. today as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series.   The commentator is Richard Arneson (UC San Diego, Department of Philosophy).

Professor Adler argues for the use of “social welfare functions” (SWFs) to evaluate governmental policies. SWFs are sensitive to fair distribution as well as efficiency, and furnish a more attractive approach to policy analysis than cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and other dominant approaches. Professor Adler draws upon economics, philosophy, and law to provide a systematic defense and elaboration of the SWF framework.

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Comments

Can someone point me to a politician or politically appointed bureaucrat who uses SWF, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis or anything other than political "feed the base" analysis in drawing up legislation or regulations?

(And I don't mean a politician or politically appointed bureaucrat who uses those terms as justification, I mean one who uses such a method to deliver a counter-political-interest result.)

Posted by: guy in the veal calf office | Oct 26, 2010 11:25:41 AM