Human Well-Being and Economic Goals

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What are the ends of economic activity? According to neoclassical theory, efficient interaction of the profit-maximizing "ideal producer" and the utility-maximizing "ideal consumer" will eventually lead to some sort of social optimum. But is that social optimum the same as human well-being? Human Well-Being and Economic Goals addresses that issue, considering such questions as:

  • Does the maximization of individual welfare really lead to social welfare?
  • How can we deal with questions of relative welfare and of equity?
  • How do we define, or at least understand, individual and social welfare?
  • And how can these things be measured, or even assessed?

Human Well-Being and Economic Goals brings together more than 75 concise summaries of the most significant literature in the field that consider issues of present and future individual and social welfare, national development, consumption, and equity. Like its predecessors in the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought series, it takes a multidisciplinary approach to economic concerns, examining their sociological, philosophical, and psychological aspects and implications as well as their economic underpinnings.

Human Well-Being and Economic Goals provides a powerful introduction to the current and historical writings that examine the concept of human well-being in ways that can help us to set goals for economic activity and judge its success. It is a valuable summary and overview for students, economists, and social scientists concerned with these issues.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

PARTI
1
Alternative Conceptions of the Economic Realm
15
The Joyless Market Economy
29
Economics
44
PART II
49
John Banner
64
Thorstein Veblen
77
Were the Ordinalists Wrong About Welfare Economics?
93
Social Capital and Public Life
211
Gang Behavior Law Enforcement and Community Values
220
Amending the Economists Rational Egoist
234
A Review
249
John E Rocmer
262
Social Unity and Primary Goods
276
PART VIII
281
Positive Freedom Markets and the Welfare State
297

JosephE Stiglitz
107
Game and DecisionTheoretic Models in Ethics
113
Pigou and Coase on Social Cost
132
Regulating the Electricity Supply Industry by Valuing
147
Selections from Benefit Cost and Beyond
161
PARTY
165
Frames of Reference and Quality of Life
180
Me and My Life
194
Lessons from East Asia
312
The Three Political Economies of the Welfare State
329
The Concept of National Income
342
Divergences of Measurement and Theory
351
Prskin
365
References
403
Name Index
423
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Over de auteur (1997)

Frank Ackerman is senior research associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

David Kiron is research associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Neva R. Goodwin is co-director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Jonathan M. Harris is senior research associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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