Welfare Economics and Moral Philosophy Books
Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries
Working papers

The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics ( Princeton University Press, 2008) [Amazon (purchase)]

Fairness Versus Welfare. (with Steven Shavell) (Harvard University Press, 2002; Chinese translation, Law Press China, 2007). [Amazon (purchase)]

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries

On the Choice of Welfare Standards in Competition Law, in Goals of Competition Law (Zimmer, ed., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2012). [Olin Center WP]

Discount Rates, Social Judgments, Individuals' Risk Preferences, and Uncertainty (with David Weisbach), Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, vol. 42, 125-142 (2011).

Concavity of Utility, Concavity of Welfare, and Redistribution of Income, International Tax and Public Finance, vol. 17, 25-42 (2010). [NBER] [Olin Center WP]

The Social Evaluation of Intergenerational Policies and Its Application to Integrated Assessment Models of Climate Change (with Elisabeth Moyers & David Weisbach), B.E. Journal of Economics Analysis & Policy, vol. 10, issue 2, art. 7, 1-32 (2010); also in Distributional Aspects of Energy and Climate Change (Cohen, Fullerton & Topel, eds., Edward Elgar, 2013), pp. 41-74. [BE Press ]

Optimal Policy with Heterogeneous Preferences. 8 B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Advances, Issue 1, Article 40, 1-28. (2008) [NBER] [Olin Center WP]

Pareto Principle and Competing Principles, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition (Durlauf & Blume, eds., Macmillan, 2008). [Olin Center WP]

Moral Rules, the Moral Sentiments, and Behavior: Toward a Theory of an Optimal Moral System (with Steven Shavell) Journal of Political Economy, vol. 115, 494-514 (2007). [NBER]

Primary Goods, Capabilities, or ...Well-Being? Philosophical Review, vol. 116, 603-632 (2007). [Olin Center WP]

Discounting Dollars, Discounting Lives: Intergenerational Distributive Justice and Efficiency, University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 74, 79-118 (2007). [WWW] [NBER WP] [Olin Center WP]

Choosing Expensive Tastes, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 36, 415-425 (2006). [Olin Center WP]

Why Measure Inequality?, Journal of Economic Inequality, vol. 3, 65-79 (2005). [NBER WP] [Olin Center WP]

Notes on Welfarist versus Deontological Principles (reply) (with Steven Shavell), Economics and Philosophy, vol. 20, 209-215 (2004). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

Any Non-welfarist Method of Policy Assessment Violates the Pareto Principle: Reply (with Steven Shavell), Journal of Political Economy, vol. 112, 249-251 (2004). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

Fairness versus Welfare: Notes on the Pareto Principle, Preferences, and Distributive Justice (with Steven Shavell), Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 32, 331-362 (2003). [WWW] [NBER WP] [Olin Center WP]

Horizontal Equity: New Measures, Unclear Principles (Commentary), in Inequality and Tax Policy. (Hassett & Hubbard, eds., American Enterprise Institute, 2001), pp. 75-97. [NBER] [Olin Center WP]

Any Non-Welfarist Method of Policy Assessment Violates the Pareto Principle, (with Steven Shavell), Journal of Political Economy, vol. 109, 281-86 (2001). [WWW] [NBER WP - Any Non-Individualistic Social Welfare Function Violates the Pareto Principle ] [Olin Center WP - Any Non-Individualistic Social Welfare Function Violates the Pareto Principle]

Fairness versus Welfare (with Steven Shavell), Harvard Law Review, vol. 114, 961-1388 (2001). [Olin Center WP - Principles of Fairness versus Human Welfare: On the Evaluation of Legal Policy]

Notions of Fairness Versus the Pareto Principle: On the Role of Logical Consistency (with Steven Shavell), Yale Law Journal, vol. 110, 237-49 (2000). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

The Conflict between Notions of Fairness and the Pareto Principle (with Steven Shavell), American Law and Economic Review, vol. 1, 63-79 (1999). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

Optimal Distribution and the Family, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, vol. 98, 75-92 (1996). [NBER WP - Optimal Distribution and Taxation of the Family ]

A Fundamental Objection to Tax Equity Norms: A Call for Utilitarianism, National Tax Journal, vol. 48, 497-514 (1995). [NBER WP]

A Note on Horizontal Equity, Florida Tax Review, vol. 1, 191-196 (1992).

Horizontal Equity: Measures in Search of a Principle, National Tax Journal, vol. 42, 139-154 (1989). [NBER WP]

Optimal Transition Policy: Replacing Horizontal Equity with an Ex Ante Incentives Perspective, Dissertation accepted by Harvard University Department of Economics (1987).