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The welfare economics of population

Abstract:
Intuition suggests there is no value in adding people to the population if it brings no benefits to people already living: creating people is morally neutral in itself. This paper examines the difficulties of incorporating this intuition into a coherent theory of the value of population. It takes three existing theories within welfare economics - average utilitarianism, relativist utilitarianism, and critical-level utilitarianism - and considers whether they can satisfactorily accommodate the intuition that creating people is neutral.
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Published
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Institution:
University of St Andrews
Department:
Department of Moral Philosophy
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Oxford Economic Papers Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
2
Pages:
177-193
Publication date:
1996
EISSN:
1464-3812
ISSN:
0030-7653
URN:
uuid:bcdfb095-135b-4c80-abf4-04195dc4ad7b
Local pid:
ora:4302
Language:
English
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