The welfare economics of population / John Broome Broome, John

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Broome, John
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Oxford Economic Papers
Subjects
Population policy.; Welfare economics -- Demographic aspects; Population -- Economic aspects
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Academic
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The validity of three theories which examine the economics of adding a new individual to an existing population are weighed against the implications of basic intuition which suggests that the mere creation of life is morally neutral in itself. Average utilitarianism fails to capture this intuition while relativist utilitarianism which supports the faulty assumption that creating people is good in itself. A modification of critical-band utilitarianism which assumes that there exists a critical band of betterness rather than a single critical level would be more feasible.
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657846

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