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Are Most People Consequentialists?

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  • Johansson-Stenman, Olof

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

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Welfare economics relies on consequentialism. Whether a public action is good or bad is then determined by the consequences for people, rather than for example by the extent to which it infringes on others’ rights. Yet, many philosophers have questioned this assumption. The present note presents new survey evidence where a representative sample in Sweden are asked about their ethical perceptions with respect to what matters intrinsically. Overall, people’s perceptions are largely consistent with consequentialism.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 467.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 27 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0467

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Keywords: ethics; rights; consequentialism; social cost-benefit analysis;

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