Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being

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Jon Elster, John E. Roemer, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (Paris, France)
Cambridge University Press, 1993 M07 30 - 400 páginas
In this volume a diverse group of economists, philosophers, political scientists, and psychologists address the problems, principles, and practices involved in comparing the well-being of different individuals. A series of questions lie at the heart of this investigation: What is the relevant concept of well-being for the purposes of comparison? How could the comparisons be carried out for policy purposes? How are such comparisons made now? How do the difficulties involved in these comparisons affect the status of utilitarian theories? This collection constitutes the most advanced and comprehensive treatment of one of the cardinal issues in social theory.
 

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The moral basis of interpersonal comparisons
17
Against the taste model
45
Utilitarian metaphysics?
70
Local justice and interpersonal comparisons
98
Notes on the psychology of utility
127
Adultequivalence scales interpersonal comparisons of wellbeing and applied welfare economics
164
Interpersonal comparisons of utility Why and how they are and should be made
200
A reconsideration of the HarsanyiSen debate on utilitarianism
255
Deducing interpersonal comparisons from local expertise
321
Subjective interpersonal comparison
337
Utilitarian fundamentalism and limited information
371
Index
387
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