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Population Ethics and the Value of Life

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  • Blackorby, Charles
  • Bossert, Walter
  • Donaldson, David

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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.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number RP2005/03.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2005-03

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Keywords: population ethics; neutrality; critical levels;

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  1. Ng, Yew-Kwang, 1986. "Social criteria for evaluating population change: An alternative to the Blackorby-Donaldson criterion," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 375-381, April.
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  7. Walter Bossert & David Donaldson & Charles Blackorby, 1998. "Uncertainty and critical-level population principles," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 11(1), pages 1-20.
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  1. BOSSERT, Walter, 2006. "Consistent Relations," Cahiers de recherche 03-2006, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  2. BLACKORBY, Charles & BOSSERT, Walter & DONALDSON, David, 2006. "Population Ethics," Cahiers de recherche 14-2006, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.

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