Normative issues are becoming increasingly central in economics, from optimal income taxation to market design to financial regulation to climate policy. The aim of this conference is to bring together economists and philosophers to discuss the ethical foundations of economic policy evaluations. The conference will focus on themes ranging from population ethics and the weight that should be given to the worst off in policy evaluation to forbidden transactions and the boundaries of markets to business ethics. There will also be talks on the role of reasons as opposed to preferences as a basis for normative evaluation, the justification of policy in terms of public reasons, and relevance of psychology and advances in behavioral economics to welfare assessments.
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