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Animal Welfare and Social Decisions

  • Aronsson, Thomas


  • Johansson-Stenman, Olof


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

This paper analyzes the standard welfare economics assumption of anthropocentric welfarism, i.e., that only human well-being counts intrinsically. Alternatives where animal welfare matters intrinsically are explored theoretically, based on moral philosophical literature, and empirically where the general public‘s ethical preferences are measured through a survey with a representative sample in Sweden. It is concluded that welfare economics should be generalized in order to encompass the idea that animal welfare should sometimes matter intrinsically.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 485.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 17 Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0485
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