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Applying the capability approach to policy-making: The impact assessment of the EU-proposal on organ donation

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  • Canoy, Marcel
  • Lerais, Frédéric
  • Schokkaert, Erik

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We show that the capability approach can greatly facilitate ex ante policy evaluations, in particular those that are geared towards multiple goals. It enables a structured discussion on policy benefits, distributional issues, freedom and ethics. We illustrate our general ideas with a real-world application: the impact assessment of an EU-proposal on organ donation.

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  • Canoy, Marcel & Lerais, Frédéric & Schokkaert, Erik, 2010. "Applying the capability approach to policy-making: The impact assessment of the EU-proposal on organ donation," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 391-399, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:39:y:2010:i:3:p:391-399
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    1. Ray Ison & Monica Shelley & Eshantha Ariyadasa, 2016. "Educating and Empowering Children for Governing in the Anthropocene: A Case Study of Children's Homes in Sri Lanka," Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(5), pages 691-700, September.
    2. Martin Binder, 2014. "Subjective Well-Being Capabilities: Bridging the Gap Between the Capability Approach and Subjective Well-Being Research," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 15(5), pages 1197-1217, October.

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